from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively.
- transitive v. Obsolete To confound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To show (something or someone) to be false or wrong; to disprove or refute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false or defective; to overcome; to silence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prove to be false, defective, or invalid; overthrow by evidence or stronger argument; refute: as, to confute arguments, reasoning, theory, or sophistry.
- To prove (a person) to be wrong; convict of error by argument or proof.
- To disable; put an end to; stop.
- Synonyms Confute, Refute. See refute.
- n. Confutation; opposing argument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prove to be false
Latin cōnfūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French confuter, and its source, Latin confūtāre. (Wiktionary)