impugn

[ im-pyoon ]
/ ɪmˈpyun /
See synonyms for: impugn / impugned / impugnable / impugnment on Thesaurus.com

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM impugn

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impugn

impugn , impute
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Example sentences from the Web for impugn

  • The only impugnable matter in the deed lies, as has been said, in the number of cardinals so created at a batch.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia|Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for impugn

impugn
/ (ɪmˈpjuːn) /

verb

(tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize

Derived forms of impugn

impugnable, 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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