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confute

[ kuhn-fyoot ]
/ kənˈfyut /
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verb (used with object), con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing.

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.

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Origin of confute

1520–30; <Latin confūtāre to abash, silence, refute, equivalent to con-con- + -fūtāre;cf. refute

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British Dictionary definitions for confute

confute
/ (kənˈfjuːt) /

verb (tr)

to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
obsolete to put an end to

Derived forms of confute

confutable, adjectiveconfutation (ˌkɒnfjʊˈteɪʃən), nounconfutative, adjectiveconfuter, noun

Word Origin for confute

C16: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence
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