[ im-pyoon ]
/ ɪmˈpyun /
Save This Word!
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.
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Origin of impugn
OTHER WORDS FROM impugn
im·pugn·a·ble, adjectiveim·pugn·a·bil·i·ty, nounim·pugn·er, nounim·pugn·ment, noun
un·im·pugn·a·ble, adjectiveun·im·pugned, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impugnimpugn , impute
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022
How to use impugn in a sentence
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
/ (ɪmˈpjuːn) /
(tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
Derived forms of impugnimpugnable, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012