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- an apparent disparity between what is said and the actual facts
- the inability to have one's statements accepted as factual or one's professed motives accepted as the true ones
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Public skepticism about the truth of statements, especially official claims and pronouncements: “The credibility gap [is] the result of a deliberate policy of artificial manipulation of official news” (Walter Lippmann).
- Lack of trustworthiness.
- A discrepancy or disparity, especially between words and actions.
credibility gap - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Distrust of a public statement or position, as in The current credibility gap at City Hall is the result of miscommunication between the mayor's office and the press. This term originated about 1960 in connection with the American public's disinclination to believe government statements about the Vietnam War. It soon was extended to individuals and corporations as well as government agencies to express a lack of confidence in the truth of their statements, or perception of a discrepancy between words and actions.