Thursday, August 08, 2002
confute transitive verb [kuhn-FYOOT] To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false.
Definitions for confute
- To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false.
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Citations for confute
Having settled in Rome in 1486, he proposed 900 theses and challenged any scholar to confute them, agreeing to pay his expenses.
Instinct, intuition, or insight is what first leads to the beliefs which subsequent reason confirms or confutes.
Origin of confute
Confute is from Latin confutare, "to check the boiling of a liquid; to put down; to silence."