Debunk is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of debunk, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
EXAMPLES - Debunk in a Sentence
- She is not trying to "debunk" it but believes it herself. (source)
- Sarah Palin, bloggers "debunk" truths about teacher argument video (source)
- That's why they "debunk" anything new or scientific or progressive. (source)
- A more thorough debunk is available here, but one point bears mentioning. (source)
- You can't smugly "debunk" something you haven't taken the time to understand. (source)
- It entertains me when I see some spend so much energy trying to "debunk" it.????? ... (source)
- By way of contrast, most voters have never even heard a Democrat or liberal "debunk" it. (source)
- (It wasn't until this week that Beck was finally able to "debunk" the FEMA conspiracy theory.) (source)
- It's laughable to see the extreme efforts to "debunk" a single photography by Kerry's supporters. (source)
- No doubt some pseudoskeptics will seize on the poor image quality to once again "debunk" the Face. (source)
- The inference of the word debunk implies that it is something dishonest that needs to be corrected. (source)
- Consequently, we've gone about attempting to "debunk" a phenomenon that continues to defy definition. (source)
- You can't really "debunk" a subjective opinion, you can disagree whole heartedly and that's another story. (source)
- "You can't really" debunk "a subjective opinion, you can disagree whole heartedly and that's another story." (source)
- If I were going to "debunk" a bogus campaign of pure propaganda, I would certainly not choose an easy target, as Shermer has done. (source)
- Most of the studies done during the 90's meant to "debunk" the issue as presented by Gardner were not coming from a rational basis. (source)
- That is why those of us who feel that the Myth is already dead for us must not make the mistake of trying to 'debunk' it in the wrong way. (source)
- This comes after Romm's long effort to "debunk" carbon offsets as a legitimate climate mitigation strategy, coining the term "rip-offsets." (source)
- I always find it entertaining when Christians try to "debunk" other religions by pointing out that the other religion is not like Christianity. (source)
- It's not like you don't know all the responses, and know the script to "debunk" them. let me know if you ever come up with retorts for my stock retorts. (source)
- Anyway - there's an article - titled "Arctic ice refuses to melt as ordered" - in the science-section that you may want to "debunk" with your AGW-science. (source)
- Biased said "I always find it entertaining when Christians try to "debunk" other religions by pointing out that the other religion is not like Christianity." (source)
- The mainstream media, quick to "debunk" for fear of inciting ridicule, thus ignores credible sightings and inadvertently assists the cryptoterrestrial agenda. (source)
- It's hard to "debunk" the fact that a man whose campaign is built around words is now using the exact words of a supporter without acknowledging it to the crowd. (source)
- As far as your attempts to "debunk" my argument, you're basing your argument on nothing more than an assumption which has no basis in the actual bill under discussion. (source)
- Nickell's approach to extraordinary claims is not to "debunk," dismiss and scorn, but to find out what is really happening and to empathize with those to whom it is happening. (source)
- Mac: That still doesn't answer my point about why they would be so PROACTIVE in trying to "debunk" the artificiality hypothesis -- proactive to the point of fudging the data itself? (source)
- "As discussed in the Niger section of the report, not only did he NOT 'debunk' the claim, he actually gave some intelligence analysts even more reason to believe that it may be true." (source)
- Much of this motivation to "debunk", if you will, the idea of science as being intimidating came not from my own experiences, but rather from the experiences of my sister and many peers. (source)
- It's so tragically stupid. on 02 / 26 / 2009, -0 / +4Don't think you can find a so called debunk of America: "Freedom to Fascism" no google and think thats research this is not refuting any thing (source)
- In a speech at Davidson College, Burger King CEO John Chidsey said he wanted to "debunk" the myth of farm worker poverty and claimed that farm workers are paid better than many Burger King restaurant workers. (source)
- In that sense, Newsweek was in the vanguard of what would become a trend of the American news media, to ignore or "debunk" investigations of major national security crimes rather than seriously investigate them. (source)
- In its haste to "debunk" the Face on Mars, the ESA chose to flaunt a computer-generated illustration of the Face in which a prominent, previously unnoticed "horn" is seen protruding from the unusual feature's "brow." (source)
- Sunday, the external-affairs director of the state's Division of Emergency Management complained his office has had to "debunk" media reports that he said suggested Florida's coastline was being hit as hard as Louisiana's. (source)
- But the fact is that, over the years, they NASA, ESA & Co. have actively sough to "debunk" such speculation by a clever combination of image manipulation and misreporting, as chronicled and painstaking evidenced by Mac on PB, among others. (source)
- He's trying to "debunk" a comment by his reader who argued that the measured temperature series may be represented as a random walk - which is a much better model to describe the measured data than a linear trend combined with a white noise. (source)
- Despite being a significant contributor to the greenhouse effect, the US Plutocracy has spent millions of dollars to create junk science (look to efforts by the Cato Institute) to "debunk" the notion of global warming, and has refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty. (source)
- A few days later, Joan Walsh, Salon's editor, tried to calm the storm with a defense of Manjoo's writings on the theft of the 2004 election -- a theft that he had frequently addressed before, as he had been trying to "debunk" it ever since that infamous Election Day. (source)
- Her piece was all the more credible because she didn't "debunk" or "dismiss" the evidence in favor of breastfeeding but rather thoughtfully reexamined much of what "everyone knows is true" and found it to be based on very ambiguous research which was far less definitive than everyone imagines. (source)
- You never heard the late Walter Cronkite taking time on the evening news to "debunk" claims that a proposed mental health clinic in Alaska is actually a dumping ground for right-wing critics of the president's program, or giving the people who made those claims time to explain themselves on the air. (source)
- However, the glee with which the media have simultaneously piled in to "debunk" the solar radiation theory suggests something of a co-ordinated attempt to attack the climate sceptics, the particular target the TV documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle , broadcast on TV's Channel Four earlier this year, which featured the solar warming argument. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "debunk" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 13 synonyms for debunk.
cut down to size, deflate, demystify, discover, disparage, expose, lampoon, mock, puncture, show up, uncloak, unmask, unshroud
We have 4 antonyms for debunk.
flatter, praise, prove, uphold
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of debunk from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of: debunk a supposed miracle drug.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To discredit, or expose to ridicule the falsehood or the exaggerated claims of something
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas