V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to expose something as false

Synonyms: expose, undress, unmask

Antonyms: hide, cover, falsify

Tips: The word debunk was first used in 1923 by U.S. novelist William Woodward. The idea was to remove the bunk "nonsense" from something. If an idea is debunked it is proven false and untrue. If your idea is debunked, it is usually a very negative and embarrassing thing. Debunk usually refers to proving a longstanding idea or belief to be false.

Usage Examples:

The claims that the drug company made about its product were eventually debunked, and the drug was taken off the market. (proven false, exposed)

You could tell the physicist reveled in debunking his colleague's theory on black holes. (proving false)

I don't trust any of these fad diets, as they all seem to eventually be debunked, and then a new fad diet comes and replaces them. (proven false, exposed)

After he laid out his strategic plan, I had to debunk many of his ideas, as there were some clear problems with his strategy. (prove false, expose)

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