con·​fute | \ kən-ˈfyüt How to pronounce confute (audio) \
confuted; confuting

Definition of confute

transitive verb

1 : to overwhelm in argument : refute conclusively Elijah … confuted the prophets of Baal— G. B. Shaw
2 obsolete : confound

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Other Words from confute

confuter noun

Examples of confute in a Sentence

theories which will eventually be confirmed or confuted by experience
Recent Examples on the Web Vulnerable, uninformed wives have hardly been in a position to confute them. Justin Jones, Quartz India, 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of confute

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confute

Latin confutare to check, silence

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“Confute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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