Synonyms Examples Word Origin 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 1325–75; Middle English impugnen
Middle French impugner
to attack, equivalent to
im- im- 1
to fight, derivative of
pugnacious Related forms im·pugn·a·ble, adjective im·pugn·a·bil·i·ty, noun im·pugn·er, noun im·pugn·ment, noun un·im·pugn·a·ble, adjective un·im·pugned, adjective
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Related Words for impugns assail
slam Examples from the Web for impugns Historical Examples of impugns
Gents, since you
impugns my integrity, my only word is, Make your next move.
Plato, when he
impugns the doctrine of Protagoras, states that doctrine without the qualification properly belonging to it.
And this goes deeper than the private life—it
impugns the sanctity of our intentions.
impugns, as alike untenable, both the two properties here alleged number and self-motion.
Calvin (who had met Quintin in Paris) describes the doctrines he
impugns as pantheistic and antinomian. British Dictionary definitions for impugns (tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize Derived Forms impugnable, adjective impugnation ( ˌɪmpʌɡˈneɪʃən) or impugnment, noun impugner, 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 impugns 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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