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3 definitions found
 for Confute
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confute \Con*fute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confuted; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Confuting.] [L. confutare to chek (a boiling liquid), to
     repress, confute; con- + a root seen in futis a water
     vessel), prob. akin to fundere to pour: cf. F. confuter. See
     Fuse to melt.]
     To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or
     show to be false or defective; to overcome; to silence.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Satan stood . . . confuted and convinced
           Of his weak arguing fallacious drift.    --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           No man's error can be confuted who doth not . . . grant
           some true principle that contradicts his error.
                                                    --Chillingworth.
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           I confute a good profession with a bad conversation.
                                                    --Fuller.
  
     Syn: To disprove; overthrow; sed aside; refute; oppugn.
  
     Usage: To Confute, Refute. Refute is literally to and
            decisive evidence; as, to refute a calumny, charge,
            etc. Confute is literally to check boiling, as when
            cold water is poured into hot, thus serving to allay,
            bring down, or neutralize completely. Hence, as
            applied to arguments (and the word is never applied,
            like refute, to charges), it denotes, to overwhelm by
            evidence which puts an end to the case and leaves an
            opponent nothing to say; to silence; as, "the atheist
            is confuted by the whole structure of things around
            him."
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  confute
      v 1: prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues'
           theories" [syn: disprove, confute] [ant: demonstrate,
           establish, prove, shew, show]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "confute":
     answer, answer conclusively, antagonize, argue down,
     be antipathetic, be inimical, beat against, break, clash, collide,
     conflict, conflict with, confound, contradict, contrapose,
     contravene, controvert, counter, counteract, counterattack,
     countercharge, counterclaim, counterpose, countervail, counterwork,
     cross, crush, defeat, demolish, deny, disconfirm, dismiss,
     dispose of, evert, finish, floor, go against, go counter to,
     interfere with, lock horns, make a rebuttal, meet head-on,
     militate against, nonplus, oppose, oppugn, overthrow, overturn,
     overwhelm, parry, put to silence, rebut, reduce to silence, refute,
     rejoin, resist, run against, run counter to, settle, shut up,
     silence, smash all opposition, squash, squelch, subvert, surrebut,
     surrejoin, swim upstream, undermine, upset, work against
  
  

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