- 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.
Origin of impugn
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Related Words for impugnedassail, contravene, tar, knock, deny, blast, traduce, contradict, question, traverse, cross, resist, attack, break, oppose, negative, smear, negate, trash, slam
Examples from the Web for impugned
Contemporary Examples of impugned
Cruz, on the defensive, replied that he hadn't "impugned [Hagel's] character."Armed Services Committee Votes Along Party Lines To Pass Hagel Nomination To Full Senate
February 12, 2013
Historical Examples of impugned
No breath of scandal touched her fair name, or impugned her devotion to Henry.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
He had impugned their skill in the hunt, and they were ravenous for him.The heart of happy hollow
Paul Laurence Dunbar
There was irritation in his voice, as though Mike had impugned the memory of a friend.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
“And impugned by three gentlemen,” said Bruce, who felt how thoroughly he was in disgrace.Julian Home
Dean Frederic W. Farrar
But I can correct it now, and shall do it; for now my motives cannot be impugned.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 3, 1876-1885
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- (tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize