- To debunk is defined as to reveal an untruth or myth for what it is, or to reduce someone's reputation especially when the reputation is undeserved.
- When you prove that a myth or often repeated story isn't true, this is an example of a time when you debunk the myth.
- When you ridicule someone who everyone else thinks is great and you try to or are successful in diminishing his reputation, this is an example of a time when you debunk.
to expose the false or exaggerated claims, pretensions, glamour, etc. of
Origin of debunkde- + bunk
transitive verbde·bunked, de·bunk·ing, de·bunks
To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of: debunk a supposed miracle drug.
(third-person singular simple present debunks, present participle debunking, simple past and past participle debunked)
de- + bunk (from bunkum) 1923