An example of impugn is when you call someone out on what you believe to be a lie.
- Obs. to attack physically
- to attack by argument or criticism; oppose or challenge as false or questionable
Origin of impugnMiddle English impugnen ; from Old French impugner ; from Classical Latin impugnare ; from in-, on, against + pugnare, to fight: see pugnacious
transitive verbim·pugned, im·pugn·ing, im·pugns
Origin of impugnMiddle English impugnen, from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre : in-, against; see in–2 + pugnāre, to fight; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present impugns, present participle impugning, simple past and past participle impugned)
- To verbally assault, especially to argue against an opinion, motive, or action; to question the truth or validity of.