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- to assail by criticism, argument, or action.
- to call in question; dispute.
Origin of oppugn
1400–50; late Middle EnglishRelated formsop·pugn·er, nounun·op·pugned, adjective
< Latin oppugnāre
to oppose, attack, equivalent to op- op-
to fight, derivative of pugnus
fist; see pugilism
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British Dictionary definitions for oppugn
Derived Formsoppugner, noun
- (tr) to call into question; dispute
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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