- to challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.
- Archaic. to assail (a person) by words or arguments; vilify.
- Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically.
Origin of impugn
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1. attack, asperse, malign, criticize, censure.
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Examples from the Web for impugns
Gents, since you impugns my integrity, my only word is, Make your next move.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
Plato, when he impugns the doctrine of Protagoras, states that doctrine without the qualification properly belonging to it.
And this goes deeper than the private life—it impugns the sanctity of our intentions.
Aristotle impugns, as alike untenable, both the two properties here alleged number and self-motion.Aristotle
Calvin (who had met Quintin in Paris) describes the doctrines he impugns as pantheistic and antinomian.
- (tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
C14: from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre to fight against, attack, from im- + pugnāre to fight
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Word Origin and History for impugns
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