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[ ri-fyoo-dee-eyt ]
/ rɪˈfyu diˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), re·fu·di·at·ed, re·fu·di·at·ing. Nonstandard.

to reject as untrue or refuse to acknowledge.



Nearby words

refringence, refringent, refry, refsum's disease, reft, refudiate, refuel, refuge, refugee, refugee capital, refugees

Origin of refudiate

Can be confusedrefute repudiate refudiate (see word story at the current entry)

Word story

Refudiate raises the question about what is really a word. The answer for new coinages is usually thrashed out gradually between the experts who record, guard, or teach the language and the rest of us who regularly use the language every day. Refudiate, however, clearly appears to be an accidental blend of refute and repudiate, rather than a deliberate coinage that fills a perceived need for a new word. Examples of this error go back to the late 19th century and recur from time to time. When, in 2010, controversial political figure Sarah Palin used the word in several interviews and on the social media service and website Twitter, it caused an uproar, and the online discussion about the word's validity went viral, but then quickly died down. The word remains generally unacceptable in formal writing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for refudiate

  • REFUDIATE Unlike a pit bull with lipstick, Sarah Palin has added new words to the English language.

    From ‘Potatoe’ to ‘Amercia’: Politicos Preserve Disorder|Ben Jacobs|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Sloppy wordplay like this is how abominations like “refudiate” and “ misunderestimate” end up entering the lexicon permanently.

    12 Most Annoying Commercials of 2010|Shannon Donnelly|December 25, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Refudiate n. a combination of the words refute and repudiate.