verb (used with object), con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing.
- confused flour beetle,
Origin of confute
Examples from the Web for confute
I will give him law enough to confute, and he shall furnish the insolence to confront this Attorney-General.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.|Charles James Lever
To confute heresy was his chief delight; and his vanity was indulged to its utmost when the heretical Lambert was tried.Body, Parentage and Character in History|Furneaux Jordan
In a preface to his translation, he endeavors to confute the opinion of Mons.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
Some say that his arguments are weak, and unable to make good what he intends, and undertake with great ease to confute them.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
Scholars like Petrarch were eager to confute his sect, and artists used him as a symbol of materialistic disbelief.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3|John Addington Symonds
Word Origin for confute
1520s, from Middle French confuter, from Latin confutare "repress, check; disprove, restrain, silence," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *futare "to beat," from PIE root *bhau- "to strike, beat" (see batter (v.)). Related: Confuted; confuting.