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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confute  \Con*fute\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Confuted};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Confuting}.]  [L.  confutare  to  chek  (a  boiling  liquid),  to 
  repress,  confute;  con-  +  a  root  seen  in  futis  a  water 
  vessel),  prob.  akin  to  fundere  to  pour:  cf  F.  confuter.  See 
  {Fuse}  to  melt.] 
  To  overwhelm  by  argument;  to  refute  conclusively;  to  prove  or 
  show  to  be  false  or  defective;  to  overcome;  to  silence. 
 
  Satan  stood  .  .  .  confuted  and  convinced  Of  his  weak 
  arguing  fallacious  drift.  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  To  disprove;  overthrow;  sed  aside;  refute;  oppugn. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Confute},  {Refute.}  Refute  is  literally  to  and 
  decisive  evidence;  as  to  refute  a  calumny,  charge, 
  etc  Confute  is  literally  to  check  boiling,  as  when 
  cold  water  is  poured  into  hot,  thus  serving  to  allay, 
  bring  down  or  neutralize  completely.  Hence  as 
  applied  to  arguments  (and  the  word  is  never  applied, 
  like  refute,  to  charges),  it  denotes,  to  overwhelm  by 
  evidence  which  puts  an  end  to  the  case  and  leaves  an 
  opponent  nothing  to  say  to  silence;  as  ``the  atheist 
  is  confuted  by  the  whole  structure  of  things  around 
  him.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confuting 
  n  :  the  act  of  determining  that  something  is  false  [syn:  {falsification}, 
  {falsifying},  {disproving},  {refuting}] 




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