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oppugn

[ uh-pyoon ]
/ əˈpyun /
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verb (used with object)

to assail by criticism, argument, or action.
to call in question; dispute.

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Origin of oppugn

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin oppugnāre to oppose, attack, equivalent to op-op- + pugnāre to fight, derivative of pugnus fist; see pugilism

OTHER WORDS FROM oppugn

op·pugn·er, nounun·op·pugned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oppugn

oppugn
/ (əˈpjuːn) /

verb

(tr) to call into question; dispute

Derived forms of oppugn

oppugner, noun

Word Origin for oppugn

C15: from Latin oppugnāre, from ob- against + pugnāre to fight, from pugnus clenched fist; see pugnacious
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