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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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  • The first is excellent on the cosmology and physics interface and the second is great at debunking pseudoscience lunacy de jour.
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  • Science is not served by debunking astrologers and snake oil peddlers but by debunking the scientists themselves.
  • debunking the arguments on nonmotivational grounds is coupled with debunking the proponents on motivational grounds.
  • Part of the pain will be disillusionment, the debunking of myths.
  • He is posting photos with detailed debunking surrounding every exhibition picture.
  • Whether the microbes can survive the ordeal would go a long way toward proving or debunking the controversial theory.
  • Come on you can't call it all a conspiracy without reading the material and then debunking it.
  • Indeed more has been written debunking the skeptics than has been written by the skeptics themselves.
British Dictionary definitions for debunking

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 debunking

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 debunking

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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