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dismiss (someone or something) as (something)

To reject something as something. The studio may dismiss me as a dumb blonde, but I'll show them how versatile an actress I can be! The candidate dismissed that negative news story about him as a total fabrication.
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dismiss someone

(from something ) (for something) to discharge someone from employment for some reason; to fire someone from a job for some cause. We will have to dismiss him from employment for absenteeism. She was dismissed from the bank for making many errors in one month.

dismiss something as something

to put something out of one's mind or ignore something as something. (The second something can be a noun or an adjective.) I dismissed the whole idea as foolishness. It was not possible to dismiss the whole matter as a one-time happening. Molly dismissed the whole event as accidental.
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To reverse and undo what has been done by a predecessor is very often considered by a successor, as the best proof he can give of his own capacity and desert; and, in addition to this propensity, where the alteration has been the result of public choice, the person substituted is warranted in supposing, that the dismission of his predecessor has proceeded from a dislike to his measures, and that the less he resembles him the more he will recommend himself to the favor of his constituents.
N]either of the dismissed Ministers had given any new or recent cause for their dismission.
Their request was granted "by a universal Vote," though not without one final scuffle over a proviso stipulating that the dismission be granted without prejudice.
On December 17, 48 members of the First Congregational Society requested dismission and on January 17, 1817, most of this number organized themselves as the Second Congregational Society in Greenfield.
Persons moving away from Richmond, without getting letters of dismission, would write back to their friends and request them to obtain letters and forward them.