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To try to show that an idea or belief is wrong - thesaurus

Synonyms

dispute

verb

to say that something such as a fact is not true or correct

disprove

verb

to prove that something is not correct or true

debunk

verb

to prove that something such as an idea or belief is false and silly

explode

verb

to prove that a story or theory that many people believe is in fact false

deflate

verb

to show that something is not true

repudiate

verb

formal to say formally that something is not true

confound

verb

formal to prove that something is wrong

discredit

verb

to make people think that something is not true

refute

verb

formal to say that a statement is not true or accurate without giving proof

disabuse

verb

formal to make someone realize that they were wrong to believe something

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adduce

verb

formal to give a particular fact as proof that something is true

attest

verb

formal to give proof or be evidence that something is true

bear witness

to speak or write about what you have seen, especially as evidence that something is true

belie

verb

formal to seem to show that a promise, hope, statement etc is not true

blow apart

to show that an idea is completely false or wrong

blow someone/something out of the water

to show that something is completely false or wrong

bury

verb

to show that a belief or idea is wrong

cite

verb

to mention something as an example, explanation, or proof of something else

claim

verb

to say that something is true, even though there is no definite proof

document

verb

to support something with evidence

gainsay

verb

formal to say that someone is wrong or that something is not true

give the lie to something

to show that something is not at all true

have (got) someone bang to rights

to have enough evidence to prove that someone is guilty of a crime

invalidate

verb

formal to prove that an argument or opinion is wrong

knock something on the head

to say or show that something is not true

lay/put something to rest

to finally show that something is not true

make no claim to be something

to admit that you do not have a particular quality or ability

nail a rumour/lie

to show that something is not true

negative

verb

formal to prove that a theory or statement is false

pooh-pooh

verb

informal to say that you think something such as an idea or statement should not be considered seriously or is not true

rebut

verb

formal to show or say that something is not true

recant

verb

formal to say that something you said was not true

refute

verb

formal to prove that a statement is false

retract

verb

to say that something that you previously said or wrote is not true

shake someone’s belief/confidence/faith

to make someone doubt something that they were certain was true

testify

verb

to provide evidence that something exists or is true

withdraw

verb

to say that something you said earlier is not in fact true, especially when you want people to forget that you said it

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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