Definition of debunk in English:

debunk

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Expose the falseness or hollowness of (an idea or belief):

    ‘she debunks all the usual rubbish about acting’
    • ‘In a few pages he debunks the idea that testosterone makes men behave as they do.’
    • ‘She also debunked a Western belief that health is synonymous with mediocrity and suffering with art.’
    • ‘In his brilliant appraisal of the post-punk years, Simon Reynolds debunks the old idea that the Sixties witnessed pop's golden era.’
    • ‘A growing body of research on parent-adolescent relationships has debunked the popular notion that emotional distancing is a necessary companion to adolescent individuation.’
    • ‘Sometimes this long-range goal is sacrificed because of the desire to expose or debunk a current claim.’
    • ‘She debunks the idea that the human interest story was always central to American journalism.’
    • ‘However, by an analysis of econometric studies, case study work and official statistics, this paper debunks the idea that, for the majority of these groups, ‘things are getting better’.’
    • ‘If anything, the Oscar nominations debunk the idea that this was a great year for women.’
    • ‘It is the first of several articles that debunk the theory that ‘A-type’ personalities are prone to heart disease.’
    • ‘You may have heard of professor Richard Wiseman - a British psychologist famous for debunking irrational ideas.’
    • ‘They can open a window on the inner workings of ivory tower, debunking stereotypes of academics as detached from the real world.’
    • ‘He brilliantly debunks the notion of a single ‘pre-political’, traditional and eternal concept of marriage.’
    • ‘Fourth, Dr. Robison also debunks the common assumption that our kids are not only eating more today, they're eating more of the wrong kinds of food.’
    • ‘More importantly, it debunks the idea that educational reform is instituted to enhance the skills of the labour force.’
    • ‘A very ordinary rural chap (the Mirror piece certainly debunking the idea that he is a reclusive loner), he has understandably won mass public sympathy for the way he was mistreated.’
    • ‘Rothman debunks the romantic notion of a doomed genius working feverishly by candlelight to commit his revolutionary theory of equations and groups to paper.’
    • ‘The major portion of this book is dedicated to debunking beliefs in astrology, superstition and New Age beliefs.’
    • ‘The film debunks the notion of an egalitarian society.’
    • ‘Goode's goal is to understand rather than to debunk such beliefs.’
    • ‘Mike Males devotes a chapter in his 1999 book Framing Youth to debunking the myth that young people are not oppressed.’
    explode, deflate, puncture, quash, knock the bottom out of, drive a coach and horses through, expose, show in its true light, discredit, disprove, contradict, controvert, confute, invalidate, negate, give the lie to, prove to be false, challenge, call into question
    shoot full of holes, shoot down in flames, blow sky-high
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    1. 1.1 Reduce the inflated reputation of (someone):
      ‘comedy takes delight in debunking heroes’
      • ‘Ignore or debunk David Irving, but don't censor him.’
      • ‘It is not their inclination to debunk combat heroes…’
      • ‘I wanted to take a moment to say thank you, both for your much-needed educational foundation and for your dedicated work debunking scam artists and frauds.’
      • ‘Over the past two centuries, Hamilton's reputation has waxed and waned as America has glorified or debunked businessmen.’
      • ‘This is the man who spends much energy trying to debunk Mother Theresa.’
      • ‘It's just not worth debunking someone who has no credibility in the first place.’
      • ‘All told, an evening that deromanticises Ibsen without debunking him and that offers vital proof as to why we still need the international festival.’
      • ‘Whoever is trying to debunk him, they are simply jealous that he is up there and they are down there.’
      • ‘How to debunk the man who set 61 NHL scoring records, led the NHL in scoring 10 times, and was the league MVP 9 times?’
      • ‘Dr Marshall places Knox in his context and cuts him down to size without debunking him or letting him be effaced by the tumult of his times.’
      • ‘The teenage Twain's initial intention had nothing to do with debunking Simmons.’
      • ‘Each year, the Abstinence Clearinghouse devotes two hours of its annual conference to debunking a man whose fame and influence peaked generations ago.’

Pronunciation

debunk

/diːˈbʌŋk/