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[dih-buhngk] /dɪˈbʌŋk/
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
Related forms
debunker, noun
disparage, ridicule, lampoon. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for debunked
  • The last bit of this over-simple narrative has by now been comprehensively debunked.
  • That's simply false, a myth that's been debunked countless times.
  • The tests have already been debunked as giving no new information.
  • Moreover, this garbage about moving the pollution to a different location has been debunked many times.
  • Their anecdotal claims are easily debunked: the sun is at a minimum, despite record global temperatures.
  • The concept that the brain is a computer seems to be debunked by this new paradigm, backed by decades of research.
  • Your site fails to mention that each of the studies it mentions has been thoroughly debunked.
  • And all of it was debunked by the empirical findings of other scientists.
  • Too bad taxpayers have to pay for the mistakes of now thoroughly debunked free market ideology.
  • It would have been better if you had used solid facts before you debunked the article.
British Dictionary definitions for debunked


(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 debunked



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for debunked



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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