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debunk

[dih-buhngk] /dɪˈbʌŋk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated:
to debunk advertising slogans.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism; de- + bunk2
Related forms
debunker, noun
Synonyms
disparage, ridicule, lampoon.
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British Dictionary definitions for debunk

debunk

/diːˈbʌŋk/
verb
1.
(transitive) (informal) to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
Derived Forms
debunker, noun
Word Origin
C20: from de- + bunk²
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Word Origin and History for debunk
v.

1923, from de- + bunk (n.2); first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things." Related: Debunked; debunking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for debunk

debunk

noun

Toclearawaylies,exaggerations,vanities,etc: The author neither glorifies nor debunks

[1923+; coined by W W Woodward in a book published in 1923]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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