A Word A Day : Impugn

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( Transitive Verb )

Past and past participle : impugned
Present participle : impugning
3rd person present singular : impugns

Pronunciation : im-pyoon


1. to suggest that something cannot be trusted, relied on, or respected

2. to attack as false or questionable

3. challenge in argument

4. attack as false or wrong


14th century - Latin impugnare - fight against - pugnare - to fight - pugnus - fist


assail, attack, blast, break, challenge, contradict, contravene, cross, deny, disaffirm, dispute, gainsay, knock, lay out, negate, negative, oppose, put down, question, rap, resist, run down, skin alive, slam, smear, swipe at, tar, traduce, trash, traverse, zap, zing


flatter, praise, support

Contextual Examples:

• Do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that "He who builds on the people, builds on the mud".

• We decided to impugn our political opponent's record

Related Words:

impugner : Noun

impugnment : Noun

impugnability : Noun

impugnable : Adjective

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