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He tells us that his object in studying philosophy was to confute the philosophers.

To refute and to confute are to answer so as to admit of no reply.

Accordingly, they confute one another in their own books to purpose, and are not ashamed.

We can confute him, not only by pointing to the books he did not use, but by pointing to those he did.

It was Jane who lied about you, and your return with me will confute her slanders.

Moreover, experience tends to confute the system of Dr. Gall.

They are also in presence of antagonists, ready to entrap and confute them.

It was consequently not difficult for his Jewish opponent to confute his arguments.

This was exactly the case of Secularism which he undertook to confute.

Confute him with a whip, and, the doubt decided, Punish him with a halter.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Middle French confuter, from Latin confutare "repress, check; disprove, restrain, silence," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + *futare "to beat," from PIE root *bhau- "to strike, beat" (see batter (v.)). Related: Confuted; confuting.

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