from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument: impugn a political opponent's record.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To assault, attack.
- v. To verbally assault, especially to argue against an opinion, motive, or action; to question the truth or validity of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To attack by words or arguments; to contradict; to assail; to call in question; to make insinuations against; to gainsay; to oppose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To attack by words or arguments; contradict; assail; call in question; gainsay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attack as false or wrong
Wunderman said he didn't want to "impugn" the motives of officials in those cities, acknowledging they were serving the needs of their constituents.
"impugn" Mr Needham under parliamentary privilege, the CMC was proving its independence by holding a public inquiry into a former ministerial staffer.
The narrator doesn't impugn the behavior of man who fired his father for falling asleep on the job.
I don't think it's useful to impugn her motives; I think it's more useful to address her argument.
In a world in which God brought only good things, what would not impugn His goodness?
Meanwhile you make completely unsupported claims all over the place, and yet impugn my intellectual honesty.
If you are going to impugn the character of respected scientists, then we need some evidence other than a bald assertion.
While he notes that there are "patriotic reasons for strongly opposing higher tax rates," it is quite obvious that wealthy conservatives like Mr. Moore have compelling personal reasons for opposing them, too, and hence perfectly understandable why they might want to counter the perception that they are merely selfish and greedy by trying to impugn the character of those who disagree with them rather than focusing on the substance of our position.
Then again - not to impugn you, Leigh, or any of the readers/commenters - there is a degree to which our own cynicism determines whether we view a particular emotional expression as contrived or not.
Democrats in Texas are trying to stir things up by using half quotes to impugn his character, Sullivan said.