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- (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.