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de·bunk

 (dē-bŭngk′)
tr.v. de·bunked, de·bunk·ing, de·bunks
To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of: debunk a supposed miracle drug.

de·bunk′er n.
Word History: The bunk in debunk came from a place where much bunk has originated, the United States Congress. During the 16th Congress (1819-1821), Felix Walker, representative from the district in North Carolina including Buncombe County, delivered a particularly pointless speech intended merely to convince his constituency that he was making a difference in Washington. His harried colleagues asked him to desist, but he nattered on despite their protests—he was speaking not to Congress, he explained, but "to Buncombe." Buncombe, respelled bunkum and later shortened to bunk, thus became synonymous with claptrap. The answer to all this bunk came in 1923 when William E. Woodward, a writer with a reputation for giving the blunt facts about respected US institutions, coined the term debunk in a best-selling novel called Bunk.

debunk

(diːˈbʌŋk)
vb
(tr) informal to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
[C20: from de- + bunk2]
deˈbunker n

de•bunk

(dɪˈbʌŋk)

v.t.
to expose as being false or exaggerated.
[1920–25, Amer.; de- + bunk2]
de•bunk′er, n.

debunk


Past participle: debunked
Gerund: debunking

Imperative
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Present
I debunk
you debunk
he/she/it debunks
we debunk
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Preterite
I debunked
you debunked
he/she/it debunked
we debunked
you debunked
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Present Continuous
I am debunking
you are debunking
he/she/it is debunking
we are debunking
you are debunking
they are debunking
Present Perfect
I have debunked
you have debunked
he/she/it has debunked
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they have debunked
Past Continuous
I was debunking
you were debunking
he/she/it was debunking
we were debunking
you were debunking
they were debunking
Past Perfect
I had debunked
you had debunked
he/she/it had debunked
we had debunked
you had debunked
they had debunked
Future
I will debunk
you will debunk
he/she/it will debunk
we will debunk
you will debunk
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Future Perfect
I will have debunked
you will have debunked
he/she/it will have debunked
we will have debunked
you will have debunked
they will have debunked
Future Continuous
I will be debunking
you will be debunking
he/she/it will be debunking
we will be debunking
you will be debunking
they will be debunking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been debunking
you have been debunking
he/she/it has been debunking
we have been debunking
you have been debunking
they have been debunking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been debunking
you will have been debunking
he/she/it will have been debunking
we will have been debunking
you will have been debunking
they will have been debunking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been debunking
you had been debunking
he/she/it had been debunking
we had been debunking
you had been debunking
they had been debunking
Conditional
I would debunk
you would debunk
he/she/it would debunk
we would debunk
you would debunk
they would debunk
Past Conditional
I would have debunked
you would have debunked
he/she/it would have debunked
we would have debunked
you would have debunked
they would have debunked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.debunk - expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas; "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast, rib - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
uncloak, unmask - reveal the true nature of; "The journal article unmasked the corrupt politician"

debunk

verb (Informal) expose, show up, mock, ridicule, puncture, deflate, disparage, lampoon, cut down to size The men of the enlightenment who debunked the church and the crown.

debunk

verb
To cause to be no longer believed or valued:
Informal: shoot down.
Idioms: knock the bottom out of, shoot full of holes.
Translations

debunk

[ˈdiːˈbʌŋk] VT [+ theory, claim, person, institution] → desacreditar

debunk

[diːˈbʌŋk] vt [+ theory, claim] → discréditer; [+ myth] → briser; [+ ideology] → démythifier

debunk

vt claimentlarven; mythaufdecken; politicianvom Sockel stoßen

debunk

[ˌdiːˈbʌŋk] vt (theory) → demistificare; (claim) → smentire; (person, institution) → screditare
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