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[kuh n-fyoot] /kənˈfyut/

verb (used with object), confuted, confuting.
to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove:
to confute an argument.
to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof:
to confute one’s opponent.
Obsolete. to bring to naught; confound.
verb (transitive)
to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
(obsolete) to put an end to

1520s, from Middle French confuter, from Latin confutare “repress, check; disprove, restrain, silence,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *futare “to beat,” from PIE root *bhau- “to strike, beat” (see batter (v.)). Related: Confuted; confuting.


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