[ kon-fyoo-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn fyʊˈteɪ ʃən /


the act of confuting.
something that confutes.
Classical Oratory. the fourth section of a speech, given over to direct refutation.

Nearby words

  1. confused elderly,
  2. confused flour beetle,
  3. confusing,
  4. confusion,
  5. confusticate,
  6. confute,
  7. cong,
  8. cong.,
  9. conga,
  10. congaree

Origin of confutation

1425–75; late Middle English confutacioun (< Middle French) < Latin confūtātiōn- (stem of confūtātiō), equivalent to confūtāt(us) silenced (past participle of confūtāre; see confute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formscon·fut·a·tive [kuh n-fyoo-tuh-tiv] /kənˈfyu tə tɪv/, adjectiveun·con·fut·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for confutation



mid-15c., from Latin confutationem (nominative confutatio), noun of action from past participle stem of confutare (see confute).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper