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The speaker refuted his opponent’s arguments.
  to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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  • The speaker refuted his opponent’s arguments.
  • He refuted the argument.
  • Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
    Josh Billings
  • That was evidence which one could not well refute.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad

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  • Ignorance of the law excuses no man: Not that all men know the law, but because ’tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.
    John Selden
  • Indeed the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into common places, but which all experience refutes.
    John Stuart Mill
  • The facts of the situation refute the accounts given by Patriots regarding the Boston Massacre.
  • Wickham, I can only refute it by laying before you the whole of his connection with my family.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It’s a horrible thing for Gale to say, for Peeta not to refute.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • his theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed, held up to the general gaze for the pitiful rubbish that they were
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • "do as you please my dear viscount, for your arguments are beyond my powers of refutation."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I was so committed to refuting him that I had half-denied the charge before I understood it;
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • i asked dr. strauss how nemur could refute rahajamati’s attack on his method and results if nemur couldn’t even read them in the first place.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • The people, in the case of which we speak, could justify its prejudice against Roger Chillingworth by no fact or argument worthy of serious refutation.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • To refute him someone would have to prove to him that there is no devil, or another peasant would have to explain to him that it is not the devil but a German, who moves the locomotive.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On the surface it appeared to be totally peaceful and almost a refutation of the term "revolution."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • They neither refuted nor agreed; they merely looked as if her arguments were beside the point.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • refute their claim
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I leaned there, aching to humiliate them, to refute them.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They are interested solely in confirming highly dubious theoretical hypotheses ... and make no attempt at refutation
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Lynn’s claim that Asians have higher IQs has been refuted, convincingly, by a number of other experts, who showed that he based his argument on IQ samples drawn disproportionately from urban, upper-income homes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • "I didn’t touch you, you lying creature!" cried she, her fingers tingling to repeat the act, and...
    "What’s that, then?" I retorted, showing a decided purple witness to refute her.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The many places where it seems to refute itself did not confuse her in the least.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time, there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • my friend M. le Roy, of the Royal Academy of Sciences, took up my cause and refuted him;
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Alongside of these very arguments we use others totally inconsistent, so that the accusation of repression may be refuted.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes
    That excellence thought in thee; and implies,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • They savour ... views that I have completely refuted in four of my unpublished sermons.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • I hope this book will go some distance toward refuting that.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The bulldog of Aquin, with whom no word shall be impossible, refutes him.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • seeking arguments to refute other theories
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • ...they cannot refute it,
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • All of these things are ... a refutation of the notion that the way we function and communicate and process information is straightforward and transparent.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Now that I have told you such a lot about Plato, you must start by hearing how Aristotle refuted Plato’s theory of ideas.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Since this allegation falls very directly into my own realm, I am able to refute it with absolute authority.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I’m tempted to try refuting it, but then I would be open to the further charges of "defensiveness" and "resistance."
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • he scarcely tried to refute his evidence
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He was astonished, indeed, but his character and general conduct must refute it.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • The logic cannot be refuted,
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • He was able to get away with this because logical refutation required more talent than any of the students had.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • In this instance as in so many other instances in these days, the character of this unfortunate man signally refutes ... that peevish saying attributed to the late Dr. Johnson, that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • You can’t refute facts.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Newman pointed to the empty glass, as though it were a sufficient refutation of the charge,
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Nor, though he knew it to be untrue, did Comrade Pillai refute the allegation of attempted rape in Baby Kochamma’s First Information Report.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • When the war came, no one could refute his evidence.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • They can be refuted, proved to be totally false, yet still there is that lingering doubt.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Each excuse was refuted.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • ...would go down in the record and it would be a brave man who set himself to refute it.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • No, all those horrors were not near enough as yet even to ruffle the equanimity of that spring afternoon. The clang of an unseen streetcar came through the window, briskly refuting cruelty and pain.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He was eager to hear the slander refuted from headquarters...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
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