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Related to delegitimize: legitimize, nill


tr.v. de·le·git·i·mized, de·le·git·i·miz·ing, de·le·git·i·miz·es
To discredit the public or political recognition or support of.

de′le·git′i·mi·za′tion (-mĭ-zā′shən) n.
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(ˌdiːlɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to make invalid, illegal, or unacceptable: crushing and delegitimizing all dissent in Central Asia.
ˌdelegitimiˈzation, ˌdelegitimiˈsation n
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and all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel."
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Israel says the movement masks its motives to delegitimize or destroy the Jewish state.
** VMRO-DPMNE presidential candidate Gordana Siljanovska Davkova said at a rally in Strumica that this election won't be used only to delegitimize sitting politicians but also to delegitimize everything they did in one of the hardest and most painful times for us.
"After the attempts to put us under control, came the indirect attempts to delegitimize us," Scaraffia said.
Together with some of his political henchmen he has embarked on an assault and an attempt to delegitimize not only the political representatives of the Arab citizens of Israel, but also any coalition that relies on their support.
'If the Chinese government will comply with the ruling today, that will delegitimize them in the eyes of the Chinese people who really believe they own the South China Sea,' he said.
Attempts to delegitimize Israel is a form of anti-Semitism, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday at a high-level forum to combat hatred against Jews that was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
Journalist Branko Trickovski in Sloboden Pecat says to believe in man and to join him on the correct road or to delegitimize him and change him from power, are not two options.
Attempts to marginalize the Holocaust and compare it to the genocides of other peoples are used to delegitimize the establishment of the Jewish State and its message to the world: Never Again.
He added that the decision would delegitimize the United States as an arbiter in the peace process.
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