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[dis-kred-i-tuh-buh l] /dɪsˈkrɛd ɪ tə bəl/
bringing or liable to bring discredit.
Origin of discreditable
1630-40; discredit + -able
Related forms
discreditability, noun
discreditably, adverb
undiscreditable, adjective Unabridged
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  • The nature of this disclosure was painful to his relatives and discreditable to his memory.

    The Watcher J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The old man was puzzled and humiliated by this discreditable thing.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • discreditable to the youngsters intelligence and scientific knowledge, the story is highly discreditable to his breeding.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. I (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • No action of the war was so discreditable to the Americans as this.

  • Oh no, I could not be married in a clandestine, discreditable way.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • A woman going away with a woman is not so discreditable a thing, surely!

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • It is not an affair of a rash engagement, in a discreditable quarter, from which he cannot extricate himself.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • How did it happen that an Englishman should be in such a discreditable position?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • They tell stories of such cases up and down the islands, and mostly the stories are very ugly and discreditable indeed.

British Dictionary definitions for discreditable


tending to bring discredit; shameful or unworthy
Derived Forms
discreditably, adverb
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