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oppugn

[uh-pyoon] /əˈpyun/
verb (used with object)
1.
to assail by criticism, argument, or action.
2.
to call in question; dispute.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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  • It is without delay available to oppugn acne with unconfined drying in the excoriate.
British Dictionary definitions for oppugn

oppugn

/əˈpjuːn/
verb
1.
(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
oppugn
mid-15c., from L. oppugnare to fight against, from ob- toward, against + pugnare to fight (see pugnacious).
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