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  • v. Present participle of confute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the act of demonstrating that something is false; confutation.


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  • Her confuting is the best and surest suppressing. "

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • You and some other commentators have been confuting these two issues in the comment threads on the Garzon affair.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Garzon and the Trouble with International Law”

  • You actually think you're being clever by deliberately confuting homosexuality and necrophilia disingenuously?

    Huckabee Adviser Clarifies Remark About Homosexuality And Necrophilia: They're Both "Aberrant Behavior," But They're At "Opposite Ends Of The Spectrum"

  • In the first volume of his Caledonia, he quotes the passage in Godscroft for the purpose of confuting it.

    The Monastery

  • Nobody can refuse to talk with him, he is so honest and really curious to know; a man who was willingly confuted if he did not speak the truth, and who willingly confuted others asserting what was false; and not less pleased when confuted than when confuting; for he thought not any evil happened to men of such

    Representative Men

  • And if they set about confuting him in the name of truth, he has but to repeat the famous question, ‘What is truth?’

    Dream tales and prose poems

  • However foolish it may be, I confess to a weakness for being on the stream at times when all experts agree that it is almost impossible to take fish -- not with the idea of confuting their theories, but with the hope of learning why it is so; and an experience one hot July proved to my entire satisfaction that there are times when trout are neither interested in food nor anything else.

    Field & Stream Classics: December 1912

  • He, then, is strong in argument and has the faculty of exhorting and confuting, who is able to show to each man the contradiction through which he errs and clearly to prove how he does not do that which he wishes and does that which he does not wish.

    The Discourses of Epictetus

  • Above all, it appeared, that the best, the only method, which remained for confuting the daring aspersions that had affected her name, was, by proving the high respect he himself felt for her, and presenting her to the world in the sacred character of his wife.

    The Italian

  • Often, when conversing, I burned to contradict him, to punish his pride by confuting him, to show him that I was clever in spite of his disdainful neglect of my presence.



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