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  • From Oxford English Dictionary:

    trans. To fight against; to attack or oppose (physically or verbally), See oppugn. Also occas. intr.
    α.
    1615 R. Rogers Comm. Bk. Judges 486 To forfeit their soules to him sc. the devil with whose engins and tooles they appugne each other.
    1647 J. Ellis Vindiciæ Catholicæ Ep. Ded. sig. A2v, Such opinions, as are..appugned constantly..by the most eminent of our owne party.
    1714 J. Macky Journey through Eng. (1723) 134 Here a Youth must study above three Years, before he can be a Batchelor of Arts; nay, must publickly apugn for several Days.
    1814 Cobbett's Weekly Polit. Reg. 31 Dec. 854/2 National worship..is carefully protected by the statutes of the realm: consequently,..no person should be suffered to appugn it.
    β.
    1623 H. Cockeram Eng. Dict. Adpugne. To fight against.
    1644 Vindex Angl. in Harleian Misc. (1744) II. 36 Moths and Cankers, who..must still be engrafting new coined Words in our English Nursery... a few Examples... Adpugne, Adgale, Adstupiate, etc.. See oppugn.

    September 9, 2015