verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. oppressive,
  2. oppressively,
  3. oppressor,
  4. opprobrious,
  5. opprobrium,
  6. oppugnant,
  7. opr,
  8. opra,
  9. opruss,
  10. opry

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

Related formsop·pugn·er, nounun·op·pugned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for oppugn



(tr) to call into question; dispute
Derived Formsoppugner, 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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Word Origin and History for oppugn



mid-15c., from Latin oppugnare "to fight against, attack, assail," from ob- "toward, against" (see ob-) + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious). Related: Oppugned; oppugning.

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