[ kuh n-fyoot ]
/ kənˈfyut /

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.

Nearby words

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

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


/ (kənˈfjuːt) /

verb (tr)

to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
obsolete to put an end to
Derived Formsconfutable, adjectiveconfutation (ˌkɒnfjʊˈteɪʃən), nounconfutative, adjectiveconfuter, noun

Word Origin for confute

C16: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence

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Word Origin and History 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.

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