Also found in: Thesaurus.
Related to confuter: Sadducism


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confuter - a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
arguer, debater - someone who engages in debate
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Such moral, religious and aesthetic criticism commits Milton himself to an exemplary style at all times, to a broad notion of "decorum." But particular passages are sometimes explicitly intended as counterstatement, as with the attack on the self-styled "modest" Confuter's manner of praising Parliament in An Apology, YP 1:920, immediately followed by Milton's own panegyric "because it shall not be said I am apter to blame others than to make triall my self" (922).