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confute

Definition:

to prove to be false

Class:

cognition verb (thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting, etc.)

Past tense:

confuted

Present participle:

confuting

3rd-person singular present:

confutes

Type of:

negate » prove » confirm

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

explode | falsify | refute

Synonyms:

disprove

Etymology:

Middle French confuter, from Latin confutare "repress, check; disprove,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

confute | disprove [synonym, sense-specific] | confutable [adjective, derived]

to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove | [obsolete] to put an end to (17 of 316 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/confute

Merriam-Webster:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confound [synonym, sense-specific] | belie [synonym, sense-specific] | disprove [synonym, sense-specific] | debunk [synonym, sense-specific] | disconfirm [synonym, sense-specific] | discredit [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to overwhelm in argument; refute conclusively | [obsolete] "confound" (8 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/confute

Oxford Dictionary:

confute | confutation [derived]

Syllabification: (conĀ·fute) | [transitive, formal] | prove (a person or an assertion) to be wrong (13 of 63 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/confute

confute [transitive, formal] | confutation [derived]

prove (a person or an assertion or accusation) to be wrong (11 of 62 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/confute

Random House Dictionary:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle]

to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove. | to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof. | [obsolete] to bring to naught; ... (25 of 43 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/confute

New World Dictionary:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle]

to prove (a person, statement, etc.) to be in error or false; overcome by argument or proof | [obsolete] to make useless (21 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confute

American Heritage Dictionary:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present] | confutable [adjective, related] | confutative [adjective, related] | confuter [noun, related]

To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively. | [obsolete] To confound. (13 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confute

Wiktionary:

confute [transitive, rare] | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present]

To show (something or someone) to be false or wrong; to disprove or refute. (14 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/confute

Cambridge Dictionary:

confute [formal]

to prove a person or an argument to be wrong (10 of 16 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/confute

Wikipedia:

Evidence

anything presented in support of an assertion. This support may be strong or weak. The strongest type of evidence is that which provides direct proof of the truth of an assertion. At the other extreme is evidence that is merely consistent with an ... (43 of 2171 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Evidence

Macmillan British Dictionary:

disprove [transitive] | disproved [past tense] | disproving [present participle] | disproves [3rd-person singular present]

to prove that something is not correct or true (9 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/disprove

Encarta Dictionary:

confute [formal] | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present]

to prove conclusively that somebody is wrong or that something is false, invalid, or faulty (15 of 55 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599545​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

confute

First use: 1520s

Origin: Middle French confuter, from Latin confutare "repress, check; disprove, restrain, silence", from com-, intensive prefix, + ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=confute

Oxford Dictionary:

confute

First use: early 16th century

Origin: Latin confutare "restrain, answer conclusively", from con- "altogether" + the base of refutare "refute"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/confute

New World Dictionary:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle]

Origin: Latin confutare from com-, intensive + *futare from Indo-European base *bhau-t, *bhu-t, to strike, "beat"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confute

Collins Dictionary:

confute

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/confute

American Heritage Dictionary:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin cōnfūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confute

Wiktionary:

confute [transitive, rare] | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French confuter, and its source, Latin confūtāre.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/confute

Merriam-Webster:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle]

First use: 1529

Origin: Latin confutare to check, silence

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/confute

Encarta Dictionary:

confute [formal] | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Latin confutare "restrain, answer conclusively"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599545​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

confute

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "confute"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "confute"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

confute [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "confute"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "confute"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/confute

the Free Dictionary:

confute

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "confute"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "confute"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "confute" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

confute | confuted [past tense] | confuting [present participle] | confutes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "confute"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

confute

Audio: North American pronunciation of "confute"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=confut​03 word=confute

YourDictionary Audio:

confute

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "confute" by speech synthesizer

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