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refute
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
to disprove or argue against
  • With two very simple questions, it seemed, he had dumbfounded him, refuted every possible argument, even the world republic and beautiful style.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (66% in)
  • I am, as you see, a little impatient in matters intellectual and would prefer to be denounced as a pedant rather than to leave uncontested views I consider to be as deserving of refutation as those that you have formulated here.
    4.1 - A Necessary Purchase (53% in)
  • And quoting the biblical verse "Vengeance is mine," he pointed out that the state, if its purpose was ennoblement and not coercion, should not repay evil with evil, and went on to repudiate the concept of "punishment," after first having refuted that of "guilt," basing his argument on scientific determinism.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (73% in)
  • ...was reminded of that humanist's spare garret with its lectern and rush-bottom chairs and water carafe; whereas Naphta, after first claiming that lust could never be without guilt and that nature should, if you please, have a bad conscience in the presence of the Spirit, went on to refute the nihilism of the ascetic principle by defining the Church's policy of spiritual indulgence as "love"—and Hans Castorp found the word "love" sounded very odd coming from caustic, gaunt little Naphta.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (40% in)

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