American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impossible to refute or controvert; indisputable: irrefragable evidence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not refragable; incapable of being broken down or refuted; incontrovertible; undeniable; not confutable: as, an irrefragable argument; irrefragable evidence; an irrefragable opponent.
- Synonyms Unanswerable, indisputable, unquestionable, indubitable, irrefutable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not refragable; not to be gainsaid or denied; not to be refuted or overthrown; irrefutable; unanswerable; incontestable; undeniable.
- 16th century. From Latin irrefrāgābilis, from refrāgor ("oppose, contest"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin irrefrāgābilis : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin refrāgārī, to oppose, resist; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“By proofs exactly of the same linguistic kind as those by which the modern Spanish, French, and other Latin dialects can be shown to have all radiated from Rome as their centre, the old traditions of the eastern origin of all the chief nations of Europe have been proved to be fundamentally true; for by evidence so "irrefragable" (to use the expression of the Taylorian professor of modern languages at Oxford), that "not an English jury could now-a-days reject it," Philological Archæology has shown that of the three great families of mankind -- the Semitic, the Turanian, and the”
“Responding to the concern that the courts had placed too rigid a test on whistleblowers -- a key precedent demands that an employee have access to "irrefragable proof" before being eligible for protection -- the 111th Congress revised the act so that the test is "whether a disinterested observer with knowledge of the essential facts" could conclude with the whistleblower that the alleged violations were made.”
“` The fact, man, the irrefragable fact! 'of Ernest's was ringing in my consciousness.”
“Confine yourself to the Fact, man, to the irrefragable Fact.”
“He was an earth-man in his devotion to the irrefragable fact, and his logic was admirable though frosty.”
“` The fact, man, the irrefragable fact! 'he would proclaim triumphantly, when he had brought one of them a cropper.”
“I only knew love, the divine and irrefragable fact, that is all.”
“Barleycorn sends his White Logic, the argent messenger of truth beyond truth, the antithesis of life, cruel and bleak as interstellar space, pulseless and frozen as absolute zero, dazzling with the frost of irrefragable logic and unforgettable fact.”
“But -- and the everlasting, irrefragable fact remains: HER FEET ARE BEAUTIFUL, HER EYES ARE”
“This cannot be gainsaid since it is proven by irrefragable testimony, and it has been demonstrated that after witches in the form of cats have been seen to attack children, blood is noticed to trickle and trill from wounds, although they may be very small, and accordingly the Devil hath been busy here.”
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