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impugn

verb im·pugn \im-ˈpyün\

: to criticize (a person's character, intentions, etc.) by suggesting that someone is not honest and should not to be trusted

Full Definition of IMPUGN

transitive verb
1
:  to assail by words or arguments :  oppose or attack as false or lacking integrity <impugned the defendant's character>
2
obsolete
a :  assail
b :  resist
im·pugn·able \-ˈpyü-nə-bəl\ adjective
im·pugn·er \-nər\ noun

Examples of IMPUGN

  1. He impugned his rival's character.
  2. Her motives have been scrutinized and impugned.

Origin of IMPUGN

Middle English, from Anglo-French empugner, from Latin inpugnare, from in- + pugnare to fight — more at pungent
First Known Use: 14th century

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