confute

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From Middle French confuter, from Latin confūtāre.

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confute (third-person singular simple present confutes, present participle confuting, simple past and past participle confuted)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To show (something or someone) to be false or wrong; to disprove or refute.
    • 1593, Henry Peacham, The Garden of Eloquence:
      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 [] .
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      bad books [...] to a discreet and judicious Reader serve in many respects to discover, to confute, to forewarn, and to illustrate.

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