Word Origin See more synonyms for confute on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing. to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument. to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof: to confute one's opponent. . Obsolete to bring to naught; confound. Origin of confute 1520–30;
to abash, silence, refute, equivalent to
refute Related forms con·fut·a·ble, adjective con·fut·er, noun un·con·fut·a·ble, adjective un·con·fut·ed, adjective un·con·fut·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unconfutable to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove obsolete to put an end to Derived Forms confutable, adjective confutation ( ˌkɒnfjʊˈteɪʃən), noun confutative, adjective confuter, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
confūtāre to check, silence
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Word Origin and History for unconfutable confute v.
1520s, from Middle French
confuter, from Latin confutare "repress, check; disprove, restrain, silence," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *futare "to beat," from PIE root *bhau- "to strike, beat" (see batter (v.)). Related: Confuted; confuting.
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