impugn

[im-pyoon]
verb (used with object)
1.
to challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.
2.
Archaic. to assail (a person) by words or arguments; vilify.
3.
Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English impugnen < Middle French impugner < Latin impugnāre to attack, equivalent to im- im-1 + pugnāre to fight, derivative of pugnus fist; see pugnacious

impugnable, adjective
impugnability, noun
impugner, noun
impugnment, noun
unimpugnable, adjective
unimpugned, adjective

impugn, impute.


1. attack, asperse, malign, criticize, censure.
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impugn (ɪmˈpjuːn)
 
vb
(tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
 
[C14: from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre to fight against, attack, from im- + pugnāre to fight]
 
im'pugnable
 
adj
 
impugnation
 
n
 
im'pugnment
 
n
 
im'pugner
 
n

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impugn
mid-14c., from O.Fr. impugner, from L. impugnare "to assault, to attack," from in- "upon" + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious).
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Example sentences
The trustees' motives were also impugned, if not in print then in a hundred
  faculty lounges.
Everything about me was impugned, from my novelistic talents to my sense of
  humor to my sense of taste to my sanity.
Indeed, had it come from anyone else he would have felt his manhood to be
  impugned and would have taken appropriate steps.
The motivations and intentions of participants will not be impugned.
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