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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
Related formsop·pugn·er, nounun·op·pugned, adjective
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Related Words for oppugn

criticize, contradict, controvert, attack, argue, debate

British Dictionary definitions for oppugn


  1. (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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