It is like taking away the fame, wealth or influence of a celebrity.

The police ____ Alan Turing. Alan Turing was unfortunately ____.

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    Look up deplume.
    – vickyace
    Jun 6, 2016 at 21:28
  • Degrade.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:01
  • Synonyms of degrade.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:02
  • @HotLicks Maybe op is looking for the opposite of deify/idolize/iconize.
    – vickyace
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:20
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    It's too broad, do you want a verb that means exactly to intentionally remove someone's fame, money, and good name? Or how someone's reputation lies in tatters because of bad press/publicity/decisions, etc.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 8, 2016 at 19:56

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Defrock is a good option.

The second sense from Merriam-Webster reads:

to remove from a position of honor or privilege.

  • The "frock" in the term "defrock" refers to the robes traditionally worn by Christian clergy. The more narrow definition is to remove someone from church ministry or office by metaphorically or literally tearing their robes off, which is usually done in response to heresy, apostasy, or scandalous public sinning such as being caught in adultery. By further metaphorical extension, it can be used to mean to strip anyone of an office of power. Nov 4, 2016 at 16:02

Perhaps dispossessed?

to take land, possessions, etc., from (someone)

Depending on the situation, crucified may work as well.

to destroy the power of


"The police discredited Alan Turing. Alan Turing was unfortunately discredited."


verb 1. Harm the good reputation of:
"his remarks were taken out of context in an effort to discredit him"

Relevant article: The Story of Alan Turing - Pioneer in Mathematics, Computer Science and Homosexuality

In 1952, Turing wrote to his friend and mathematician Norman Routledge, revealing that he was afraid that he will be discredited and his ideas will be discredited because of him publically confessing he had sex with another man. Back in the days, homosexuality was considered a criminal act in Britain.


To deprive:

  • to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life.


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    I would have to add a lot of things after deprive. This is way too broad.
    – user173199
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:07


de·fame (dĭ-fām′)
tr.v. de·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames

  1. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
  2. Archaic To disgrace.

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