Impugn meaning

ĭm-pyo͝on'
The definition of impugn is to question the truthfulness or validity of a statement.

An example of impugn is when you call someone out on what you believe to be a lie.

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To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument.

Impugn a political opponent's record.

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To attack physically.
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To attack by argument or criticism; oppose or challenge as false or questionable.
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To verbally assault, especially to argue against an opinion, motive, or action; to question the truth or validity of.
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Origin of impugn

  • Middle English impugnen from Old French impugner from Latin impugnāre in- against in–2 pugnāre to fight peuk- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French impugner, from Latin impugnō, from im- + pugnō (“fight”), from pugnus (“fist”) (as in English pugilism (“fighting with fists, boxing”)), from Proto-Indo-European roots.
    From Wiktionary