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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

oppugn

\uh-PYOON\ , verb;
1.
To assail by criticism, argument, or action.
2.
To call in question; dispute.
Quotes:
Aspects of the Novel, published in 1927, was one of the first critical works to oppugn modernism.
-- John A. Dern, Monsters, Martians and Madonna: Fiction and Form In the World of Martin Amis
I do not wish to oppugn the character of Miss Goodrich by bearing false witness in regard to her activities.
-- Jeffrey D. Marshall, The Inquest
Origin:
Oppugn is born from the combination the Latin op-, "to oppose, attack," and pugnare, "to fight," similar to pugilsim.
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