from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To oppose, contradict, or call into question.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To contradict or controvert; to oppose; to challenge or question the truth or validity of a given statement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fight against; to attack; to be in conflict with; to oppose; to resist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fight against; oppose; resist.
- To attack; oppose, as by argument; make an assault upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
As for those places of Scripture which oppugn it, they will have spoken ad captum vulgi, and if rightly understood, and favourably interpreted, not at all against it; and as Otho Gasman, Astrol. cap.
This is Naturae bellum inferre, to oppugn nature, and to make a strong body weak.
Galenists oppugn Paracelsus, he brags on the other side, he did more famous cures by this means, than all the Galenists in Europe, and calls himself a monarch; Galen, Hippocrates, infants, illiterate, &c.
Either, therefore, he who oppugns incorporeal quality seems also to oppugn unqualified matter; or separating the one from the other, he mutually parts them both.
Scroderus (Andrea) who, all the world knows, set himself to oppugn
Origen did mightily oppugn a new heresie which did springe vpp in his tyme/it was called the heresie of Helchesaites/and at lẽghth he did happily extinguishe it.
A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful by Peter Martyr; Wherunto is Added A Sermon made of the Confessing of Christ and His Gospel and of the Denying of the same, by Henry Bullinger
A skeptic can only _doubt_, never _oppugn_ the gospel.
But in promiscuous company no prudent man will oppugn the merits of a contemporary in his own supposed department; contenting himself with praising in his turn those whom he deems excellent.
To oppugn the superstitious opinions of man, is to commence hostilities with his imagination -- to attack his fancy -- to be at war with his organization -- to enter the lists with his habits, which are of themselves sufficient to identify with his existence, the most absurd, the most unfounded ideas.
It is extremely rare to find men, who, to an enlarged mind, extensive knowledge, great talents, join either a well regulated imagination, or the courage necessary to successfully oppugn habitual errors; triumphantly to attack those chimerical systems, with which the brain has been inoculated from the first hour of its birth.
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