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tr.v. con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing, con·futes
1. To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively.
2. Obsolete To confound.

[Latin cōnfūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.]

con·fut′a·ble adj.
con·fu′ta·tive (kən-fyo͞o′tə-tĭv) adj.
con·fut′er n.


vb (tr)
1. to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
2. obsolete to put an end to
[C16: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence]
conˈfutable adj
confutation n
conˈfutative adj
conˈfuter n



v.t. -fut•ed, -fut•ing.
1. to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument.
2. to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof.
3. Obs. to bring to naught; confound.
[1520–30; < Latin confūtāre to abash, silence, refute]
con•fut′a•ble, adj.
con•fut′er, n.


Past participle: confuted
Gerund: confuting

I confute
you confute
he/she/it confutes
we confute
you confute
they confute
I confuted
you confuted
he/she/it confuted
we confuted
you confuted
they confuted
Present Continuous
I am confuting
you are confuting
he/she/it is confuting
we are confuting
you are confuting
they are confuting
Present Perfect
I have confuted
you have confuted
he/she/it has confuted
we have confuted
you have confuted
they have confuted
Past Continuous
I was confuting
you were confuting
he/she/it was confuting
we were confuting
you were confuting
they were confuting
Past Perfect
I had confuted
you had confuted
he/she/it had confuted
we had confuted
you had confuted
they had confuted
I will confute
you will confute
he/she/it will confute
we will confute
you will confute
they will confute
Future Perfect
I will have confuted
you will have confuted
he/she/it will have confuted
we will have confuted
you will have confuted
they will have confuted
Future Continuous
I will be confuting
you will be confuting
he/she/it will be confuting
we will be confuting
you will be confuting
they will be confuting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been confuting
you have been confuting
he/she/it has been confuting
we have been confuting
you have been confuting
they have been confuting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been confuting
you will have been confuting
he/she/it will have been confuting
we will have been confuting
you will have been confuting
they will have been confuting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been confuting
you had been confuting
he/she/it had been confuting
we had been confuting
you had been confuting
they had been confuting
I would confute
you would confute
he/she/it would confute
we would confute
you would confute
they would confute
Past Conditional
I would have confuted
you would have confuted
he/she/it would have confuted
we would have confuted
you would have confuted
they would have confuted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.confute - prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories"
explode - show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
negate, contradict - prove negative; show to be false
controvert, rebut, refute - prove to be false or incorrect
falsify - prove false; "Falsify a claim"


To prove or show to be false:


[kənˈfjuːt] VTrefutar


References in classic literature ?
He was quite willing to be confuted. Even when she lost her temper, she was still interesting to him.
In the next place, no credit ought to be given to those who endeavour to deceive the people with false pretences; for they will be [1308a] confuted by facts.
To settle this they beat their idols soundly against each other; whichever first loses a tooth or a claw is considered as confuted, and his votary retires from the field.
The voices of those who counseled delay and advised waiting for something else before advancing had been so completely silenced and their arguments confuted by such conclusive evidence of the advantages of attacking that what had been discussed at the council- the coming battle and the victory that would certainly result from it- no longer seemed to be in the future but in the past.
I continued to write successful books, and in sociological controversy I saw my opponents confuted with the facts of the times that daily reared new buttresses to my intellectual position.
This discourse gave us double pleasure, both as it proved that God had confuted the accusations of our enemies, and defended us against their malice without any efforts of our own, and that the people who had shunned us with the strongest detestation were yet lovers of truth, and came to us on their own accord.
SO spake the Son of God; and Satan stood A while as mute, confounded what to say, What to reply, confuted and convinced Of his weak arguing and fallacious drift; At length, collecting all his serpent wiles, With soothing words renewed, him thus accosts:-- "I see thou know'st what is of use to know, What best to say canst say, to do canst do; Thy actions to thy words accord; thy words To thy large heart give utterance due; thy heart Contains of good, wise, just, the perfet shape.
Even Challenger was affected by the consideration that his enemies would never stand confuted if the confirmation of his statements should never reach those who had doubted them.
We wish to hear ourselves confuted. We are haunted with a belief that you have a secret which it would highliest advantage us to learn, and we would force you to impart it to us, though it should bring us to prison, or to worse extremity.
The whole island was confuted. The boy grew and prospered.
Nevertheless, some authors should be congratulated because they confuted this concept, demonstrating that changing position is not cumbersome and the learning curve is rather short, yielding similar or even better outcomes, rather quickly (11).
Sources privy to Customs dept told our correspondent that statement of Redco Textile Mills manager has confuted statement issued by Qatari embassy [in this regard].