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confute Explained

confute at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1529, from L. confutare "disprove, restrain, silence," from com- intensive prefix + *futare "to beat," from PIE base *bhau-t, *bhu-t "to strike, beat." ///

confute at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [T] formal to prove that a person or an argument is completely wrong//

confute at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

71 Moby Thesaurus words for "confute":
answer, answer conclusively, antagonize, argue down,
be antipathetic, be inimical, beat against, break, clash, collide,
conflict, conflict with, confound, contradict, contrapose,
contravene, controvert, counter, counteract, counterattack,
countercharge, counterclaim, counterpose, countervail, counterwork,
cross, crush, defeat, demolish, deny, disconfirm, dismiss,
dispose of, evert, finish, floor, go against, go counter to,
interfere with, lock horns, make a rebuttal, meet head-on,
militate against, nonplus, oppose, oppugn, overthrow, overturn,
overwhelm, parry, put to silence, rebut, reduce to silence, refute,
rejoin, resist, run against, run counter to, settle, shut up,
silence, smash all opposition, squash, squelch, subvert, surrebut,
surrejoin, swim upstream, undermine, upset, work against

confute at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[VN] (rare, formal) to prove a person or an argument to be wrong

Confute at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Confute \Con*fute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confuted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Confuting}.] [L. confutare to chek (a boiling liquid), to
repress, confute; con- + a root seen in futis a water
vessel), prob. akin to fundere to pour: cf. F. confuter. See
{Fuse} to melt.]
To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or
show to be false or defective; to overcome; to silence.

Satan stood . . . confuted and convinced Of his weak
arguing fallacious drift. --Milton.

No man's error can be confuted who doth not . . . grant
some true principle that contradicts his error.

I confute a good profession with a bad conversation.

Syn: To disprove; overthrow; sed aside; refute; oppugn.

Usage: To {Confute}, {Refute.} Refute is literally to and
decisive evidence; as, to refute a calumny, charge,
etc. Confute is literally to check boiling, as when
cold water is poured into hot, thus serving to allay,
bring down, or neutralize completely. Hence, as
applied to arguments (and the word is never applied,
like refute, to charges), it denotes, to overwhelm by
evidence which puts an end to the case and leaves an
opponent nothing to say; to silence; as, ``the atheist
is confuted by the whole structure of things around

confute at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues'
theories" [syn: {disprove}] [ant: {prove}]

confute at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » fr Inter: term » confuter, and its source, Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » confutare|confūtāre.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /kənfjuːt/


Inter: en-verb » confut|ing
  • Inter: transitive » now|_|rare To show (something or someone) to be false or wrong; to disprove or refute.
    1. 1593, Inter: w » Henry Peacham, The Garden of Eloquence:
    2. : Procatalepsis is a forme of speech by which the Orator perceiving aforehand what might be objected against him, and hurt him, doth confute it before it be spoken Inter: .. » ..
    3. 1644, Inter: w » John Milton, Aeropagitica:
    4. : bad books ... to a discreet and judicious Reader serve in many respects to discover, to confute, to forewarn, and to illustrate.


      Inter: trans-top » to disprove, refute

  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|опровергать|n|tr=oprovergátʼ|sc=Cyrl
  • Bulgarian: опровергавам, оборвам

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » confute
    Translation: fa » confute
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