Confute

Definition of Confute

Con`fute
v. t.1.To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false or defective; to overcome; to silence.
[imp. & p. p. Confuted; p. pr. & vb. n. Confuting.]
No man's error can be confuted who doth not . . . grant some true principle that contradicts his error.
- Chillingworth.
I confute a good profession with a bad conversation.
- Fuller.

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