Which is not exactly a refutation or a denial so much as a talking point aimed at giving political partisans something to say.
Charlus' physical bravery is Proust's refutation of an ancient antigay stereotype.
Step Five: For each answer formulates new searches to find evidence in support or refutation of answer—score the evidence.
How clear, how true a refutation were these revealings of the imputations that had been cast upon her!
He could assert now, without fear of refutation, that Stryker had lied.
The discontinuity of semi-accusation was bewildering, and refutation hung fire for a moment.
Why, Mr. President, the Senator's own speech is a refutation of its own argument.
But even as he was summoning words, refutation utter and complete came from the air.
He turned on his heel, disgusted at this refutation of his theories.
Nor does what he wrote later on to the contrary in aid of the Fisc, of which he was then Advocate, stand in refutation; Spada.
1540s, from Middle French réfutation (16c.) and directly from Latin refutationem (nominative refutatio) "disproof of a claim or argument," noun of action from past participle stem of refutare (see refute).