oppugn


op·pugn

verb \ə-ˈpyün, ä-\

Definition of OPPUGN

transitive verb
1
:  to fight against
2
:  to call in question
op·pugn·er noun

Examples of OPPUGN

  1. <had the temerity to oppugn the merits of a study in a discipline that he knows nothing about>
  2. <guardians of liberty who staunchly oppugned tyranny, whether from the right or the left>

Origin of OPPUGN

Middle English, from Latin oppugnare, from ob- against + pugnare to fight — more at ob-, pungent
First Known Use: 15th century

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