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

1920–25, Americanism; de- + bunk2

debunker, noun

disparage, ridicule, lampoon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To debunk
World English Dictionary
debunk (diːˈbʌŋk)
informal (tr) to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
[C20: from de- + bunk²]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1923, from de- + bunk; first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature