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impugn

play
verb im·pugn \im-ˈpyün\

Simple Definition of impugn

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to assail by words or arguments :  oppose or attack as false or lacking integrity <impugned the defendant's character>

  3. 2 obsolete a :  assail b :  resist

im·pugn·able play \-ˈpyü-nə-bəl\ adjective
im·pugn·er play \-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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