At every Gingrich stop of late, Romney surrogates have been showing up to refute his comments.
Recently, In Touch magazine called the once fresh-faced star “troubled,” a term Bynes was quick to refute.
Szarkowski responded: “The claim is impossible to refute, and in fact not easy to understand.”
If this does not bother its backers, then charges of racism become hard to refute.
The admiring article did little to refute Hollywood notions of what exorcisms look like.
We are not repelled much by his eagerness to refute and maltreat his opponent.
Unconsciously his whole practice began to refute his theories.
Your Cambridge correspondent will pardon me for attempting to refute his positions.
And his sense of truth did not permit him to try to refute her accusation.
Many other instances might be quoted, but those would suffice to refute the fact.
1510s, "refuse, reject," from Middle French réfuter (16c.) and directly from Latin refutare "drive back; rebut, disprove; repress, repel, resist, oppose," from re- "back" (see re-) + -futare "to beat," probably from PIE root *bhau- "to strike down" (see bat (n.1)).
Meaning "prove wrong" dates from 1540s. Since c.1964 linguists have frowned on the subtle shift in meaning towards "to deny," as it is used in connection with allegation. Related: Refuted; refuting.