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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 debunking
  • The first is excellent on the cosmology and physics interface and the second is great at debunking pseudoscience lunacy de jour.
  • So much has been written debunking this kind of argument that there's no need to rehearse it here.
  • Repeated scientific debunking hasn't dented brainstorming's popularity.
  • 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


(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



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 debunking



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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