confute

[kuh n-fyoot]
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verb (used with object), con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing.
  1. to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument.
  2. to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof: to confute one's opponent.
  3. Obsolete. to bring to naught; confound.

Origin of confute

1520–30; < Latin confūtāre to abash, silence, refute, equivalent to con- con- + -fūtāre; cf. refute
Related formscon·fut·a·ble, adjectivecon·fut·er, nounun·con·fut·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·fut·ed, adjectiveun·con·fut·ing, adjective
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confute

verb (tr)
  1. to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
  2. 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
v.

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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