Origin of debunkde- + bunk
- 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 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.
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
- Cigarette Smoking: One of the easiest ways to debunk ghost footage is if the person shooting the footage happens to be a smoker.
- Truth or Fiction: Truth or Fiction is a website like Snopes that aims to help debunk urban legends.
- Instead, they listen to the claims of paranormal activity and do their best to debunk them.
- In 1975, debunker Larry Kusche published The Bermuda Triangle Mystery - Solved, where he tried to explain as many cases as possible and debunk many of [Urban Legends Hoaxes and Rumors the rumors].
- Technology Legends: Someone over at Tech Republic got so sick of all the technology-related urban legends that he posted the ten top sites to debunk urban legends.