impugn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impugn attack as false or wrong
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Impugn To attack by words or arguments; to contradict; to assail; to call in question; to make insinuations against; to gainsay; to oppose; as, to impugn a person's integrity. "The truth hereof I will not rashly impugn , or overboldly affirm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impugn To attack by words or arguments; contradict; assail; call in question; gainsay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impugn im-pūn′ to oppose: to attack by words or arguments: to call in question
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. impugnen, F. impugner, fr. L. impugnare,; in, on, against + pugnare, to flight. See Pugnacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. impugnārein, against, pugnāre, to fight.

Usage

In literature:

It was left for Mr. Frend to prove that an impugner of algebra could attempt ridicule.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
Three bloodsheds that need not be impugned: the bloodshed of battle, of jealousy, of mediating.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
Its theory has been scorned or impugned by some; parts of it have even been called nonsense by critics of weight.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
There is no impugnment of his character, no injury that cannot be repaired.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Retire, and do not, by remaining longer, give occasion to the public enemies to impugn your worthy intentions.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
This was true, and Tita knew that Anne never impugned the memory of that mother.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Mary's legitimacy had been impugned.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
The writer had not impugned thoughtlessly or ignorantly.
"Maria Edgeworth" by Helen Zimmern
This admission, does not impugn the general principle.
"On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation" by David Ricardo
Why has Thoreau's sincerity been impugned and Whitman escaped?
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
There is no doctrine impugned in Scripture, which men have less prospect of shaking off, even if they close their Bibles for ever, than this.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
Her skill had been impugned; her shrewdness sneered at; her prognostications derided.
"Roland Cashel Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
That, however, did not impugn the morality, nor did it invalidate the desire to befriend her.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Your reproaches, addressed to yourself, seem almost to impugn your second mother.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 2 of 6" by Eugène Sue
There is no ground for impugning either his honesty or his competence.
"The Aboriginal Population of the North Coast of California" by Sherburne Friend Cook
It is more effective than impugning the virtue of his female ancestors.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
In all that has been presented I can find nothing to impugn the honesty of his intentions or the purity of his motives.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
The testimony of the physicians whose work lies among them, or in the infirmaries to which they come, cannot be impugned.
"Prisoners of Poverty" by Helen Campbell
The first reason I am not prepared to impugn.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Ranke has impugned his good faith as an historian, and his quondam repute is gone.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
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In poetry:

"Oh, fool I am. Oh, rebel worm!
If, when immortal, I was slain,
For daring to impugn his reign,
How shall I, thus infirm?
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Canst thou behold yon silvery moon
And all the stars above,
And still the omniscient God impugn
With motives less than love?
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
What sage can dare impugn
Man's immortality?
Our godhead swims, immune
From death and destiny.
Ignored the bubble in the flow
Of love eighteen short years ago!
"Boo to Buddha" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

Berkley is digging back to a 2006 attack used — to little avail — against Heller in an attempt to impugn him by association with businessman Eddie Floyd, who was involved in a marijuana-growing ring in the early 2000s.
I've been impugned lately for my apparent cynicism.
Don't impugn the employment stats messengers.
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' finale scoop: Did Teresa Giudice impugn Caroline Manzo.
Follow-up question: Does Teresa Giudice know what " impugn " means.
Tech journos impugned it as "just a big iPod Touch".
I've been impugned lately for my apparent cynicism .
" According to Wallis and Colson, "when we disagree, especially when we strongly disagree, we should have robust debate but not resort to personal attack, falsely impugning others' motives, assaulting t...
He accused Bosnians in Sarajevo of shelling their own city and killing their own residents -- then packing the corpses into mass graves at Srebrenica -- in order to create world sympathy and to impugn the Serbs .
In this dynamic production, plots are hatched, troths are plighted, honor is impugned and defended, wars are fought, and swords are crossed at every opportunity.
In your zeal to impugn the character and intelligence of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, you rushed to embrace the shameless communist deceiver Vladimir Putin ("Russia's full plate," editorial, Sept 1).
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In science:

Impugning the Integrity of Medical Science: The Adverse Effects of Industry Influence.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Collar have not only questioned the credibility of SIMPLE’s recent Phase II results [2, 3], but impugned the competence of its collaborators.
Harvard but at least Shaler was impugning environmental rather than genetic influences in saying that women were unlikely to become successful scientists.
Astrophysics in 2006
The images shown don’t look very braid-like to the author who most often wears her hair that way, but this should not impugn the interpretation, as we’ve never really been able to see the Crab either.
Astrophysics in 2006
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