|n.||1.||The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved; |
|2.||Hence, some degree of dishonor or disesteem; ill repute; reproach; - applied to persons or things.|
|v. t.||1.||To refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to disbelieve; |
|2.||To deprive of credibility; to destroy confidence or trust in; to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of.|
|2.||To deprive of credit or good repute; to bring reproach upon; to make less reputable; to disgrace.|
|Noun||1.||discredit - the state of being held in low esteem; "your actions will bring discredit to your name"; "because of the scandal the school has fallen into disrepute"|
|Verb||1.||discredit - cause to be distrusted or disbelieved; "The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"|
|2.||discredit - damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"|
|3.||discredit - reject as false; refuse to accept|
TO DISCREDIT, practice, evidence. To deprive one of credit or confidence.
2. In general, a party may discredit a witness called by the opposite party, who testifies against him, by proving that his character is such as not to entitle him to credit or confidence, or any other fact which shows he is not, entitled to belief. It is clearly settled, also, that the party voluntarily calling a witness, cannot afterwards impeach his character for truth and veracity. 1 Moo. & Rob. 414; 3 B. & Cress. 746; S. C. 10 Eng. Com. Law R. 220. But if a party calls a witness, who turns out unfavorable, he may call another to prove the same point. 2 Campb. R. 556 2 Stark. R. 334; S. C. 3 E. C. L. R. 371 1 Nev & Man. 34; 4 B. & Adolph. 193; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 47; 1 Phil. Ev. 229; Rosc. Civ. Ev. 96.