transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French empugner, from Latin inpugnare, from in- + pugnare to fight — more at pungent Date: 14th century 1. to assail by words or arguments ; oppose or attack as false or lacking integrity <
impugned the defendant's character
2. obsolete a. assail b. resistimpugnable adjectiveimpugner noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Impugn — Im*pugn , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impugned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impugning}.] [OE. impugnen, F. impugner, fr. L. impugnare; in on, against + pugnare to flight. See {Pugnacious}.] To attack by words or arguments; to contradict; to assail; to call in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impugn — I verb assail, assail by argument, attack, attack by words, be skeptical, call in question, cast doubt, cast reflection upon, challenge as false, confute, contest, contradict, controvert, criticize, denounce, disbelieve, discredit, disprove,… …   Law dictionary

  • impugn — (v.) attack by argument, late 14c., from O.Fr. impugner, from L. impugnare to assault, to attack, from assimilated form of in into, in, on, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + pugnare to fight (see PUGNACIOUS (Cf. pugnacious)). Related: Impugned; …   Etymology dictionary

  • impugn — gainsay, contradict, negative, traverse, *deny, contravene Analogous words: *attack, assail: refute, rebut, confute, controvert, *disprove Antonyms: authenticate: advocate Contrasted words: *confirm, corroborate, substantiate: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impugn — [v] criticize, challenge assail, attack, blast, break, call into question, cast aspersions upon, cast doubt upon, come down on*, contradict, contravene, cross, cut to shreds*, deny, disaffirm, dispute, gainsay, knock*, negate, negative, oppose,… …   New thesaurus

  • impugn — ► VERB ▪ dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of. ORIGIN Latin impugnare assail …   English terms dictionary

  • impugn — [im pyo͞on′] vt. [ME impugnen < OFr impugner < L impugnare < in , on, against + pugnare, to fight: see PUGNACIOUS] 1. Obs. to attack physically 2. to attack by argument or criticism; oppose or challenge as false or questionable SYN. DENY …   English World dictionary

  • impugn — UK [ɪmˈpjuːn] / US [ɪmˈpjun] verb [transitive] Word forms impugn : present tense I/you/we/they impugn he/she/it impugns present participle impugning past tense impugned past participle impugned very formal if you impugn someone s motives, you say …   English dictionary

  • impugn — verb Impugn is used with these nouns as the object: ↑integrity, ↑motive …   Collocations dictionary

  • impugn — im|pugn [ımˈpju:n] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: impugnare, from pugnare to fight ] to express doubts about someone s honesty, courage, ability etc ▪ I did not mean to impugn her professional abilities …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impugn — [[t]ɪmpju͟ːn[/t]] impugns, impugning, impugned VERB If you impugn something such as someone s motives or integrity, you imply that they are not entirely honest or honourable. [FORMAL] [V n] The Secretary s letter questions my veracity, impugns my …   English dictionary

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