verb (used with object)
Origin of impugn
Examples from the Web for impugn
“I think the jury will see it as a desperate attempt to try and impugn his character,” Slotnick says.
Defense lawyers will look for inconsistencies in the same records as they try to impugn her credibility further.
Most of these changes are certainly highly poetical, and, while we admire their ingenuity, we do not impugn their correctness.The Bon Gaultier Ballads|William Edmonstoune Aytoun
They impugn his authority, and even go so far as to maintain that his historical testimony is of little or no value.Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913|Evelyn Baring
The readiness with which men impute (impugn) motives is much to be regretted.Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler
You could never get me to impugn your statements courageously--not in that costume.Alone|Norman Douglas
When Barnes's counsel subsequently tried to impugn their testimony, they dared him; and hurt the plaintiff's case very much.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for impugn
Word Origin for impugn
Word Origin and History for impugn
"attack by argument," late 14c., from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnare "to assault, to attack," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious). Related: Impugned; impugning.