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[uh-pyoon] /əˈpyun/
verb (used with object)
to assail by criticism, argument, or action.
to call in question; dispute.
Origin of oppugn
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin oppugnāre to oppose, attack, equivalent to op- op- + pugnāre to fight, derivative of pugnus fist; see pugilism
Related forms
oppugner, noun
unoppugned, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for oppugn


(transitive) to call into question; dispute
Derived Forms
oppugner, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin oppugnāre, from ob- against + pugnāre to fight, from pugnus clenched fist; see pugnacious
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Word Origin and History for oppugn

mid-15c., from Latin oppugnare "to fight against, attack, assail," from ob- "toward, against" (see ob-) + pugnare "to fight" (see pugnacious). Related: Oppugned; oppugning.

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