Definition of discreditable in English:



  • Tending to bring harm to a reputation.

    ‘allegations of discreditable conduct’
    • ‘That is the one discreditable aspect of this election: the abysmal security situation.’
    • ‘There is action on every page, not all of it discreditable.’
    • ‘And there is nothing in there about criminal conduct or discreditable conduct, even in criminal proceedings.’
    • ‘He sought - and found - a piece of suspect journalism to divert fire from his own discreditable role in the second dossier.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, for reasons that may be thought discreditable, legislatures keep enacting such laws and there is no constitutional reason to say they may not.’
    • ‘In such a case, the person has failed to show benevolence for morally discreditable reasons, and so has behaved badly.’
    • ‘The problem is not where it now stands, but the shambolic, discreditable way in which it got there.’
    • ‘These characters had an interesting ambiguity, somewhere between the believable and the discreditable.’
    • ‘But there are some examples here which suggest that obscure writing can be even more discreditable than that.’
    • ‘They face possible suspension for discreditable conduct and bringing the Police Service into disrepute.’
    • ‘Chaucer's exact source is not known, but it is clear that the friar tells it to enrage the summoner on the pilgrimage, who interrupts the narrative and rejoins with a scurrilous and discreditable story about a friar.’
    • ‘And where might such a discreditable and discredited figure be found?’
    • ‘It is evidence of other uncharged, discreditable acts.’
    • ‘For no doubt very discreditable reasons a lot of people got themselves put on the winning side in that period.’
    • ‘It is, however, discreditable to defend the antics of high-profile people on the grounds that some of their critics have dubious motives.’
    • ‘Public assertions of such discreditable conduct threaten reputation and professional livelihood.’
    • ‘No lives were lost this time but according to legend the girls ‘behaved in a most discreditable manner’ after the wrecking.’
    • ‘The committee considers that your behaviour was not only discreditable to yourself but also undermines the confidence the public should be able to place in the integrity of members of the medical profession.’
    • ‘To accuse a member of Parliament of double-crossing is certainly discreditable.’
    • ‘His prospects of parole do not look good, as his record grows daily more discreditable.’
    dishonourable, reprehensible, shameful, deplorable, disgraceful, disreputable, blameworthy, culpable, wrong, bad, ignoble, shabby, objectionable, regrettable, unfortunate, indefensible, unjustifiable, unacceptable, unworthy, remiss
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