• WordNet 3.6
    • n refuter a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Refuter One who, or that which, refutes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refuter One who or that which refutes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Refuter one who, or that which, refutes
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.”
  • Sharon Anthony Bower
    Sharon Anthony Bower
    “People can refute your facts, but never your feelings.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. réfuter—L. refutārere-, back, root of fundĕre, futilis.


In literature:

Each of his "Lives" is a refutation to the despondency and cowardice of our religious and political theorists.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I need, therefore, spend no time in refuting such wild theories.
"The Ethics" by Benedict de Spinoza
She made no attempt to palliate matters or to refute anything he had said.
"The Lamp of Fate" by Margaret Pedler
I propose to report my doings with the professor on the links at some length, in order to refute this absurd view.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
This timely information enabled him to refute them triumphantly.
"The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete" by Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
It attempted to reason; the 'Lettre sur la Musique Francoise' refuted its reasoning.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
The key seen in her possession would refute me if I did.
"The Leavenworth Case" by Anna Katherine Green
The sole refutation in my power is the terms on which we meet.
"Dynevor Terrace (Vol. II)" by Charlotte M. Yonge
This is a direct refutation of the statement that stammerers are naturally below normal in mental ability.
"Stammering, Its Cause and Cure" by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
I must be able to refute these rumours point by point.
"Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

In poetry:

Perhaps you think, to serve my ends,
These statements I refute,
When I admit that these dear friends
Were parties to a suit?
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I am, like one that cannot hear,
Or like an idiot I appear,
And leave them, as they please, dispute,
Nor strive their scandals to refute.
"Psalm XXXVIII." by Rees Prichard
Till we with inner word our care refute
Laughing that this our bosoms yet assails,
While there are maidens dancing to a flute
In Andalusian vales.
"To One Who Comes Now And Then" by Francis Ledwidge
I can simply wish I might refute you,
Wish my friend would,--by a word, a wink,--
Bid me stop that foolish mouth,--you brute you!
He keeps absent,--why, I cannot think.
"Fears And Scruples" by Robert Browning
The rose thought, touched by words, doth turn
Wan ashes. Still, from memory's urn,
The lingering blossoms tenderly
Refute our wilding minstrelsy.
Alas! we work but beauty's wrong!
The dream is lovelier than the song.
"Dream And The Song" by James David Corrothers

In news:

Oprah To Help Tommy Hilfiger Refute Pesky Racism Rumor.
Homeland Security Officials Refute RFID Reports.
In Angler's Freezer Since '62, Fish May Refute 'Extinction'.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter joined his son, Darius, and the family's lawyers at a Dallas-area news conference on Thursday to refute charges that his son committed sexual assault on a juvenile.
Penn State trustee refutes criticism from auditor general.
A second psychologist asked to evaluate convicted murderer Stanley Griffin has refuted the first, telling a Brazos County jury he does not believe the defendant is mentally retarded.
But Gilpin's revisionist picture is clearly refuted by the facts, as anyone who attended the meeting (or listened to the recording online) knows.
And when it comes to answering questions and refuting myths about the Conficker worm, he's never been busier it seems.
The ABA speaks, refutes Nader.
Study refutes argument that they have too few dusty particles, moving too fast, for process.
Wreck-It Ralph, the latest non-Pixar animated outing from Disney, is a saga rooted in refuting that notion, charting Ralph's escape out of his game and into others, via the arcade 's surge protector, known as Grand Gaming Central.
Jennifer Lopez is refuting reports that she got a maid fired from her hotel job after the cleaning lady requested an autograph , is reporting.
Josh Brent's lawyer refutes witness.
Olympic officials in both Greece and Serbia are refuting charges that members of their respective national Olympic committees sold tickets for the upcoming London Games with large price increases.
Chrysler CEO refutes Romney Jeep ads.

In science:

The MiniBooNE experiment can definitively confirm or refute the LSND oscillation signal with 1×1021 P.O.T.
The MiniBooNE Experiment
Optics 51, 991 (2004), which nicely illustrate the quantum entanglement of B –meson pairs, cannot be considered as a Bell–test refuting local realism.
Violation of a Bell inequality in particle physics experimentally verified?
This intriguing result will need to be confirmed or refuted experimentally.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
The MiniBoonNE experiment will be in a position to confirm or refute this observation.
Conference Summary
MiniBoonNE will either confirm or refute the LSND findings.
Conference Summary