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refute

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of refute

  1. 1 to declare not to be true <while he was publicly refuting rumors of a merger, behind the scenes the CEO was working to effect that very outcome> Synonyms contradict, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disconfirm, disown, gainsay, negate, negative, deny, reject, repudiateRelated Words traverse; challenge, confute, disprove, rebut; disagree (with), disputeNear Antonyms accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; affirm, announce, assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, profess, submit; authenticate, corroborate, substantiate, validate, verifyAntonyms acknowledge, admit, allow, avow, concede, confirm, own

  2. 2 to prove to be false <the victories of African-American athlete Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics effectively refuted the racial views of the Nazis> Synonyms belie, confound, confute, debunk, disconfirm, discredit, falsify, rebut, disprove, shoot downRelated Words overthrow, overturn; challenge, contest, query, question; doubt, mistrust; debate, discuss, hash (over), moot, talk overNear Antonyms document, evidence, evince, record, show, support, witness; back (up), buttress, corroborate, substantiate; adduce, attest, authenticate, certify, identify; demonstrate, display, illustrate, manifestAntonyms confirm, establish, prove, validate, verify




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