To be sure, Mitt Romney's unpopularity might refute this theory, but even so, Bartlett is talking about something important here.
At every Gingrich stop of late, Romney surrogates have been showing up to refute his comments.
The former Alaska governor later corrected the word to “refute.”
Recently, In Touch magazine called the once fresh-faced star “troubled,” a term Bynes was quick to refute.
They dispatched Biden and Colin Powell to refute my argument.
We are not repelled much by his eagerness to refute and maltreat his opponent.
He also received a commission from the Caliph to refute the doctrine of the Ismailians.
Your Cambridge correspondent will pardon me for attempting to refute his positions.
You can refute my statement, if you like, and accuse me of attacking you.
Many other instances might be quoted, but those would suffice to refute the fact.
1510s, "refuse, reject," from Middle French réfuter (16c.) and directly from Latin refutare "drive back; rebut, disprove; repress, repel, resist, oppose," from re- "back" (see re-) + -futare "to beat," probably from PIE root *bhau- "to strike down" (see bat (n.1)).
Meaning "prove wrong" dates from 1540s. Since c.1964 linguists have frowned on the subtle shift in meaning towards "to deny," as it is used in connection with allegation. Related: Refuted; refuting.