3. conceive, contrive, devise, design, invent, patent; concoct, make up, Inf. cook up; innovate, pioneer, originate; chance upon, stumble upon, happen upon, light upon; find out, hear of, learn of, catch wind of.
discovery, n. 1. apprehension, detection, discernment, espial, perception, recognition, realization; ascertaining, determining, locating, uncovering, unearthing; introduction, origination, coinage.
2. find, finding, treasure, lucky strike, serendipity; invention, innovation, contrivance, concoction, neologism; conception, idea; breakthrough, leap, new phase.
discredit, v. 1. detract, degrade, censure, reproach, make disreputable, bring into disfavor, injure or impair the credit or reputation of, tear down; disparage, decry, demean, deprecate, deflate, devaluate, depreciate, belittle; defame, slur, asperse, malign, calumniate, libel, slander, traduce, denigrate, sully, smear, blacken, stain, tarnish, taint, smirch, besmirch, smudge; humiliate, humble, mortify.
2. disprove, invalidate, refute, undermine credibility, destroy belief in, shake one's faith; lampoon, mock, ridicule.
3. disbelieve, deny, misbelieve, refuse credence to, give no credit to, Inf. give no ear to; challenge, dispute, raise objections; doubt, question, distrust, mistrust, place no confidence in, put no faith in; hesitate, waiver, have one's doubts. -n. 4. disbelief, unbelief, incredulity, loss of belief, loss of credence; disproval, invalidation, refutation; doubt, doubtfulness, skepticism, question, dubiety, dubiousness, dubiosity, suspicion, distrust, mistrust; lack of confidence, uncertainty, hesitation, indecision; qualm, scruple, compunction.
5. disrepute, disfavor, obloquy, disesteem, loss of face; detraction, derogation, degradation, devaluation, depreciation; shame, disgrace, dishonor, scandal, reproach, ignominy, infamy, odium, opprobrium, baseness, debasement, vitiation, turpitude, ill-repute; humiliation, humble pie, mortification.
6. aspersion, slur, imputation, slander, reflection, denigration, defamation, smear, smirch, blot, stain, taint, attaint, tarnish, spot, blemish, smudge, brand, stigma; lampoon, mockery, squib, pasquinade.
discreditable, adj. 1. blameworthy, blamable, culpable, censurable, chargeable, accusable, impeachable, imputable; undutiful, delinquent, negligent; improper, unseemly, unbecoming, unworthy, objectionable, uncommendable, reprovable, peccable, illaud-able.
2. disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, reprehen sible, unprincipled, scandalous; degrading, ignoble, inglorious.
discreet, adj. careful, prudent, wise, sagacious; cautious, precautious, judicious, sensible; guarded, circumspect, wary, chary; aware, awake, alert, heedful, watchful, vigilant, Inf. on one's toes; diplomatic, tactful, politic, strategic; reserved, noncommital.
discrepancy, n. 1. inconsistency, variance, dissim ilarity, deviation, divergence; disparity, incongruity, contrariety; difference, disagreement, discordance, misunderstanding, credibility gap, cross purposes.
2. moot point, disputed point, question at issue, vexed question, knotty point, point in dispute, bone of contention.
discrepant, adj. differing, disagreeing, at variance; discordant, clashing, jarring, conflictory; inconsistent, contradictory, opposite, contrary, paradoxical, incongruous.
discrete, adj. separate, distinct, detached; disconnected, disjunct, disjunctive, discretive, discontinuous.