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impugn

[im-pyoon] /ɪmˈpyun/
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
1325-1375
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
Related forms
impugnable, adjective
impugnability, noun
impugner, noun
impugnment, noun
unimpugnable, adjective
unimpugned, adjective
Can be confused
impugn, impute.
Synonyms
1. attack, asperse, malign, criticize, censure.
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British Dictionary definitions for un impugned

impugn

/ɪmˈpjuːn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
Derived Forms
impugnable, adjective
impugnation (ˌɪmpʌɡˈneɪʃən), impugnment, noun
impugner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre to fight against, attack, from im- + pugnāre to fight
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Word Origin and History for un impugned
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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