debunk

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

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism; de- + bunk2

debunker, noun


disparage, ridicule, lampoon.
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debunk (diːˈbʌŋk)
 
vb
informal (tr) to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
 
[C20: from de- + bunk²]
 
de'bunker
 
n

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debunk
1923, from de- + bunk; first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things."
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Example sentences
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.
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.
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