Impugn Definition

impugned, impugning, impugns
To attack physically.
Webster's New World
To attack by argument or criticism; oppose or challenge as false or questionable.
Webster's New World

To verbally assault, especially to argue against an opinion, motive, or action; to question the truth or validity of.


Origin of Impugn

  • 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

  • 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

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