Discredit Law and Legal Definition

Discredit means to destroy or impair the credibility or reputation of a person or thing. For example, impairing the credibility of a witness's testimony, a piece of evidence, or a theory.

When used in the context of military laws, ‘discredit" means to injure the reputation of the armed forces. This clause of Article 134 makes punishable conduct which has a tendency to bring the particular service into disrepute or which tends to lower it in public esteem. [United States v. Phillips, 69 M.J. 642, 645 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. 2010)].