impugn

[ im-pyoon ]
/ ɪmˈpyun /

verb (used with object)

to challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.
Archaic. to assail (a person) by words or arguments; vilify.
Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically.

Nearby words

  1. imprudent,
  2. impsonite,
  3. impudence,
  4. impudent,
  5. impudicity,
  6. impuissant,
  7. impulse,
  8. impulse buying,
  9. impulse control disorder,
  10. impulse turbine

Origin of impugn

1325–75; Middle English impugnen < Middle French impugner < Latin impugnāre to attack, equivalent to im- im-1 + pugnāre to fight, derivative of pugnus fist; see pugnacious

Related forms
Can be confusedimpugn impute

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British Dictionary definitions for impugn

impugn

/ (ɪmˈpjuːn) /

verb

(tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
Derived Formsimpugnable, adjectiveimpugnation (ˌɪmpʌɡˈneɪʃən) or impugnment, nounimpugner, noun

Word Origin for impugn

C14: from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre to fight against, attack, from im- + pugnāre to fight

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Word Origin and History for impugn

impugn

v.

"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.

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