debunk

[dih-buhngk]
verb (used with object)
to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated: to debunk advertising slogans.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism; de- + bunk2

debunker, noun


disparage, ridicule, lampoon.
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debunk (diːˈbʌŋk)
 
vb
informal (tr) to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
 
[C20: from de- + bunk²]
 
de'bunker
 
n

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debunk
1923, from de- + bunk; first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things."
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Example sentences
Sequences of maps can also be used to debunk misconceptions.
Anthropologists debunk another myth of evolutionary progress.
They also debunk six myths about how to boost intelligence.
At first glance the sales figures seem to debunk the idea that video games are
  recession-proof.
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