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Synonyms for refute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. refute, rebut(verb)

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

    "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"

    controvert, rebut

  2. refute, rebut, controvert(verb)

    prove to be false or incorrect

    controvert, rebut, contradict, oppose


  1. refute(verb)

    deny, repudiate, disprove, reject, gainsay

    prove, embrace, accept, demonstrate

  2. refute(verb)

    To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.

    repudiate, disprove, gainsay, deny, reject

    embrace, accept, prove, demonstrate

  3. refute(verb)

    To deny the truth or correctness of (something).

    deny, gainsay, disprove, repudiate, reject

    prove, accept, embrace, demonstrate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refute

    To refute and to confute are to answer so as to admit of no reply. To refute a statement is to demonstrate its falsity by argument or countervailing proof; confute is substantially the same in meaning, tho differing in usage. Refute applies either to arguments and opinions or to accusations; confute is not applied to accusations and charges, but to arguments or opinions. Refute is not now applied to persons, but confute is in good use in this application; a person is confuted when his arguments are refuted.

    confound, confute, disprove, overthrow, repel

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refute

    negative, disprove, neutralize, controvert, repel, confute

    prove, confirm, establish

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refute(v. a.)

    confute, disprove, prove to be false

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refute(v)

    confute, disprove

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    rebut, disprove, refutes, gainsay, contradict, dispel, reject, repudiate, deny

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How to use refute in a sentence?

  1. John Cornyn:

    I think she's going to be a good witness and I think we will be prepared for that and be prepared to refute any unjustified criticism.

  2. Judge Kavanaugh:

    I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or to anyone, because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.

  3. Jonathan Friedman:

    It is deeply disturbing to see a group of students engaged in this kind of conduct, this symbolic gesture aimed not just to reject or refute ideas but to obliterate the very paper on which they were written... It behooves the university to educate its students about why book burning is so inimical to open discourse and free expression.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    All of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorist narrative.

  5. Dora Cavalcanti:

    That phrase 'destroy email' meant 'explain' or 'refute' the allegations about the email.

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