- to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument.
- to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof: to confute one's opponent.
- Obsolete. to bring to naught; confound.
Origin of confute
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Related Wordsinvalidate, tap, overwhelm, confound, controvert, negate, subvert, disprove, overthrow, overcome, dismay, expose, parry, break, overturn, demolish, contradict, upset, oppugn, defeat
Examples from the Web for confute
He tells us that his object in studying philosophy was to confute the philosophers.Mystics and Saints of Islam
To refute and to confute are to answer so as to admit of no reply.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Accordingly, they confute one another in their own books to purpose, and are not ashamed.Against Apion
We can confute him, not only by pointing to the books he did not use, but by pointing to those he did.Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist, Volume II
It was Jane who lied about you, and your return with me will confute her slanders.
- to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
- obsolete to put an end to
C16: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence
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Word Origin and History for confute
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