Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Debunking'
n : the exposure of falseness or pretensions; "the debunking of
religion has been too successful" [syn: repudiation]
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Debunking'
A debunker is an individual who discredits and contradicts claims as being false, exaggerated or pretentious. The term is closely associated with skeptical investigation of topics such as U.F.O.s, claimed paranormal phenomena, cryptids, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, religion, or pseudoscientific research.
The American Heritage Dictionary traces the passage of the words bunk (noun), debunk (verb) and debunker (noun) into American English in 1923 as a belated outgrowth of "bunkum", of which the first recorded use was in 1828, apparently related to a poorly received "speech for Buncombe" given by North Carolina representative Felix Walker during the 16th United States Congress (1819–1821).
The term debunk originated in a 1923 novel Bunk, by American novelist William Woodward (1874–1950), who used it to mean to "take the bunk out of things."[See more about Debunking at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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- Debunking The "No Friends At Work" Rule: Why Friend-Friendly Workplaces Are The Future
Behind that veneer of workplace confidence, your co-workers and even your boss may harbor serious doubts about their closest relationships. That?s the finding of a groundbreaking study released today, The State of Friendship in America Report, 2013 , which sheds new light on the dire social landscape facing adults across the country. Key findings include: Read more on this news related to 'Debunking'
- Debunking opposition's 'popular vote' argument
OF late, much has been made of the term "popular vote", or the actual number of ballots cast by voters in an election. Read more on this news related to 'Debunking'
- Debunking the myths about racewalking
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