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1. The act of confuting.
2. Something that confutes.


(ˌkɒn fyʊˈteɪ ʃən)

1. the act of confuting.
2. something that confutes.
[1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin]
con•fut•a•tive (kənˈfyu tə tɪv) adj.
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Noun1.confutation - the speech act of refuting conclusively
refutation, defence, defense - the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"
2.confutation - evidence that refutes conclusively
disproof, falsification, refutation - any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something


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There is no stunning confutation of his nonsense before men and angels.
He said that PPP candidate has withdrawn his nomination papers from this constituency two days earlier in order to avoid the politics of confutation and clash.
To take one illustration of the similarity, Bozovic claims (166-172) that Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) epitomizes a downright Lacanian confutation of Sartrean "nihilating subject," but the two French critics (122-128) had made a similar point about the same film--only without referencing Lacan (nor Sartre, for that matter--although Rohmer admittedly knew his works very well) and using a more traditional and idealist vocabulary, speaking of "solitude" and "egoism," and arguing that the film shows the inherent limits of both.
This is no easy task, since attitudes are much more difficult to change than beliefs, which are more readily amenable to empirical corroboration and confutation.
40) Robert Crowley's Confutation of' the misshapen Aunswer (1548)--which notes in passing that Christ's body cannot be in two places at once--is wittily abusive of its opponent (changing his name from Hoggard to "hogherde") and even suggesting that the ordinance of the Mass instructs the priest (if need be) to urinate in the chalice to provide the water to mix with the wine.
For a response, see Martin Aray, The Discoverie and Confutation of a Tragical Fiction deuvsed and played by Edward Squyer .
Richard Phillips," writes Carnall, "believed he had confuted Newton's theory of gravitation, and repeated the confutation, whether in the Monthly Magazine over the signature of 'Common Sense,' or in the school textbooks of which he was a prolific publisher.
Ethiopian Airlines rebuke Lebanese report NNA - Minister of Public Works and Transportation Ghazi Aridi blamed the pilot and crew of the Ethiopian airliner which crashed last year off Khaldeh shore near Beirut airport for the incident which claimed scores of lives, whilst the final Lebanese report on the crash drew the Ethiopian side's downright confutation.
In recent decades, Hagg 20042 and O'Sullivan 1995, 100-39, have offered an interesting confutation of this hypothesis, while Bianchi 2009 has raised the possibility that a longer and more elaborated version of the Ephesiaca than is current today may have existed as late as the Comnenian period.
Lewis as perhaps the best specimen of Platonic dialogue ever produced in English, (8) this work was followed in rapid succession by a series of polemical works in which the literary dimension is less in evidence: The Supplication of Souls (1529); The Confutation of Tyndale's Answer (1532; 1533), a massive two-part sequel to the Dialogue; The Apology of Sir Thomas More, Knight (1532); The Debellation of Salem and Bizance (1532); The Answer to a Poisoned Book (1533).
27) Seltmann argued that with regard to those necessary beliefs Catholics and Protestants were in fact united--the Roman Confutation (1530) had affirmed several articles of the Augsburg Confession, including those articles addressing Catholic beliefs about the Trinity, original sin, the episcopal office, baptism, the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and the freedom of the will.
In the first place, however, her status as a satellite of Starks's marks the confutation of her subjectivity envisioned in the tree trope.