Dis*cred"it (?), n. [Cf. F.
discrédit.] 1. The act of
discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or
disbelieved; as, later accounts have brought the story into
2. Hence, some degree of dishonor or
disesteem; ill repute; reproach; -- applied to persons or
It is the duty of every Christian to be concerned for
the reputation or discredit his life may bring on his
Syn. -- Disesteem; disrepute; dishonor; disgrace; ignominy;
scandal; disbelief; distrust.
Dis*cred"it, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Discredited; p. pr. & vb. n.
Discrediting.] [Cf. F. discréditer.]
1. To refuse credence to; not to accept as true;
to disbelieve; as, the report is discredited.
2. To deprive of credibility; to destroy
confidence or trust in; to cause disbelief in the accuracy or
An occasion might be given to the . . . papists of
discrediting our common English Bible.
2. To deprive of credit or good repute; to
bring reproach upon; to make less reputable; to disgrace.
He. . . least discredits his travels who
returns the same man he went. Sir H. Wotton.