verb (used with object)
to challenge as false (another’s statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.
Archaic. to assail (a person) by words or arguments; vilify.
Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically.
(transitive) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
“attack by argument,” late 14c., from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnare “to assault, to attack,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + pugnare “to fight” (see pugnacious). Related: Impugned; impugning.
[im-pyoo-uh-suh nt, im-pyoo-is-uh nt, im-pwis-uh nt] /ɪmˈpyu ə sənt, ˌɪm pyuˈɪs ənt, ɪmˈpwɪs ənt/ adjective 1. lacking strength; feeble; weak. /ɪmˈpjuːɪsənt; ɪmˈpwiː-/ adjective 1. powerless, ineffectual, feeble, or impotent
[im-puhls] /ˈɪm pʌls/ noun 1. the influence of a particular feeling, mental state, etc.: to act under a generous impulse; to strike out at someone from an angry impulse. 2. sudden, involuntary inclination prompting to action: to be swayed by impulse. 3. an instance of this. 4. a psychic drive or instinctual urge. 5. an […]
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