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.”
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.