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Definition to disprove or argue against
  • The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
  • He refuted the argument.
  • refuted = argued against
  • Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
    Josh Billings
  • The facts of the situation refute the accounts given by Patriots regarding the Boston Massacre.
  • refute = disprove
  • 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
  • That was evidence which one could not well refute.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • 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
  • Wickham, I can only refute it by laying before you the whole of his connection with my family.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The prosecution does not refute this testimony.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • refute = argue against
  • I was so committed to refuting him that I had half-denied the charge before I understood it;
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • refuting = arguing that something is false
  • The logic cannot be refuted,
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • refuted = proved false
  • seeking arguments to refute other theories
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • refute = argue against
  • I hope this book will go some distance toward refuting that.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • refuting = proving or arguing that something is false
  • 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
  • refuted = argued that something is false
  • They savour ... views that I have completely refuted in four of my unpublished sermons.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • refuted = disproved or argued against
  • I leaned there, aching to humiliate them, to refute them.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • refute = disprove the argument of
  • 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
  • refuting = proving it wrong
  • he scarcely tried to refute his evidence
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • refute = argue against
  • But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes
    That excellence thought in thee; and implies,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • refutes = argues against
  • It's a horrible thing for Gale to say, for Peeta not to refute.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
refute = argue against

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