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Blend of refute +‎ repudiate. Often associated with Sarah Palin's infamous lapsus linguae


refudiate (third-person singular simple present refudiates, present participle refudiating, simple past and past participle refudiated)

  1. (nonstandard) To repudiate, to oppose.
    • 1951, Rulon Wells, "Predicting Slips of the Tongue"; reprinted in Victoria Fromkin (editor), Speech Errors as Linguistic Evidence, 1973, Walter de Gruyter, page 85:
      Blends are the simplest kind of slip of the tongue [] some examples [] "refudiating" (refuting + repudiating).
    • 1980 January 23, in Report of Joint Commission on Prescription Drug Use,[1] page 1:
      [] their articles were read to determine whether the citation was to substantiate or refudiate the initial claim or was it a "quote of acceptance".
    • 1984, John Sladek, The Lunatics of Terra, Wildside Press LLC (2005), →ISBN, page 77:
      ‘Captain Blip? Never,’ he said, without ceasing to calculate. ‘I refudiate that.’
      ‘You what?’ Jane felt suddenly cold all over. ‘There’s no such word, Denny.’
    • 1987, Mahabalagiri N. Hegde, Clinical Research in Communicative Disorders: Principles and Strategies,[2] Little, Brown, →ISBN, page 317:
      The value of given data can and must be judged regardless of the hypothesis they are supposed to support or refudiate.
    • 1988 March 3, James Bilbray, quoted in Worldwide Narcotics Review of the 1988 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,[3] U.S. Government Printing Office, page 9:
      I am going to do everything I can along with the Chairman to see this Congress refudiate the certification of certain countries that are not complying.
    • a. 2008, Alan Moore writes in the subsection, Dr. Manhattan: Super-powers and the Superpowers, pg. iii, of Chapter IV, in Watchmen, "The suggestion that the presence of a superhuman has inclined the world more towards peace is refudiated by the sharp increase in both Russian and American nuclear stockpiles since the advent of Dr. Manhattan."
    • a. 2010, David Segal quoting a marijuana seller, “When Capitalism Meets Cannabis”, in The New York Times, 2010 June 27, page BU1:
      Words are coined on the spot, like “refudiate,” and regular words are used in ways that make sense only in context.
    • 2010, Matt DeLong quoting Sarah Palin, “'Refudiating' Palin brings Shakespeare into Twitter exchange”, in the Washington Post, 2010 July 20:
      Palin tweeted that "peaceful Muslims" should "refudiate" the New York mosque being built near Ground Zero. This prompted plenty of retweets at her expense -- "refudiate," of course, is not a word.