impugn


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Related to impugn: Impune, gainsaid

impugn

to attack as untrue; censure; malign; to cast doubt upon: Her reputation was impugned.
Not to be confused with:
impute – to attribute or ascribe something discreditable: He imputed the error to the salesperson.

im·pugn

 (ĭm-pyo͞on′)
tr.v. im·pugned, im·pugn·ing, im·pugns
To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument: impugn a political opponent's record.

[Middle English impugnen, from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre : in-, against; see in-2 + pugnāre, to fight; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

im·pugn′a·ble adj.
im·pugn′er n.

impugn

(ɪmˈpjuːn)
vb
(tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
[C14: from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre to fight against, attack, from im- + pugnāre to fight]
imˈpugnable adj
impugnation, imˈpugnment n
imˈpugner n

im•pugn

(ɪmˈpyun)
v.t.
1. to challenge as false; cast doubt upon: The lawyer impugned the witness's story.
2. Archaic. to vilify.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French impugner < Latin impugnāre to attack =im- im-1 + pugnāre to fight, derivative of pugnus fist]
im•pugn′a•ble, adj.
im•pugn′er, n.

impugn


Past participle: impugned
Gerund: impugning

Imperative
impugn
impugn
Present
I impugn
you impugn
he/she/it impugns
we impugn
you impugn
they impugn
Preterite
I impugned
you impugned
he/she/it impugned
we impugned
you impugned
they impugned
Present Continuous
I am impugning
you are impugning
he/she/it is impugning
we are impugning
you are impugning
they are impugning
Present Perfect
I have impugned
you have impugned
he/she/it has impugned
we have impugned
you have impugned
they have impugned
Past Continuous
I was impugning
you were impugning
he/she/it was impugning
we were impugning
you were impugning
they were impugning
Past Perfect
I had impugned
you had impugned
he/she/it had impugned
we had impugned
you had impugned
they had impugned
Future
I will impugn
you will impugn
he/she/it will impugn
we will impugn
you will impugn
they will impugn
Future Perfect
I will have impugned
you will have impugned
he/she/it will have impugned
we will have impugned
you will have impugned
they will have impugned
Future Continuous
I will be impugning
you will be impugning
he/she/it will be impugning
we will be impugning
you will be impugning
they will be impugning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impugning
you have been impugning
he/she/it has been impugning
we have been impugning
you have been impugning
they have been impugning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been impugning
you will have been impugning
he/she/it will have been impugning
we will have been impugning
you will have been impugning
they will have been impugning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been impugning
you had been impugning
he/she/it had been impugning
we had been impugning
you had been impugning
they had been impugning
Conditional
I would impugn
you would impugn
he/she/it would impugn
we would impugn
you would impugn
they would impugn
Past Conditional
I would have impugned
you would have impugned
he/she/it would have impugned
we would have impugned
you would have impugned
they would have impugned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impugn - attack as false or wrong
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

impugn

verb (Formal) challenge, question, attack, dispute, criticize, call into question, assail, gainsay (archaic or literary), traduce, cast doubt upon I hope the good name of the company will not be impugned.
Translations

impugn

[ɪmˈpjuːn] VT [+ integrity, honesty, motives] → poner en duda; [+ theory] → cuestionar; [+ testimony] → impugnar

impugn

[ɪmˈpjuːn] vt [+ motives, integrity] → contester

impugn

vt personangreifen; sb’s behaviour etc alsoscharfe Kritik üben an (+dat); sb’s honesty, motivesin Zweifel ziehen, Zweifel hegen an (+dat); statement, evidence, veracity of witnessbestreiten, anfechten

impugn

[ɪmˈpjuːn] vt (frm) → attaccare, contestare
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The contemplative atheist is rare: a Diagoras, a Bion, a Lucian perhaps, and some others; and yet they seem to be more than they are; for that all that impugn a received religion, or superstition, are by the adverse part branded with the name of atheists.
And do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that "He who builds on the people, builds on the mud," for this is true when a private citizen makes a foundation there, and persuades himself that the people will free him when he is oppressed by his enemies or by the magistrates; wherein he would find himself very often deceived, as happened to the Gracchi in Rome and to Messer Giorgio Scali[+] in Florence.
When he revives he will return to his quarters with a fine tale of his bravery and there will be none to impugn his boasts--none but I-Gos.
It is a hardy question, fair sir and Boss, since it doth go far to impugn the wisdom of even our holy Mother Church herself."
Since then, he hath become an active and earnest agitator, a murmurer, and a machinator, and a leader amongst those who impugn our authority; not considering that the rule is given to the Master even by the symbol of the staff and the rod the staff to support the infirmities of the weak the rod to correct the faults of delinquents.
Not being able to impugn her beauty, they attacked her costume.
It is not for ME'--Mr Podsnap pointed 'me' forcibly, as adding by implication though it may be all very well for YOU--'it is not for me to impugn the workings of Providence.
I should have made very short work of any one who had impugned the authenticity of the poems, but happily there was no one who held the contrary opinion in that village, so far as I knew, or who cared for Ossian, or had even heard of him.
"Why do so many of the media's interrogators feel they have to adopt such a sneering tone as they impugn the values and motivations of public figures?"
Posing as the victim of malicious, illicit press leaks, Harp complained: "Actions such as this impugn not only my integrity but also the judgment of FBI and DOJ [Department of Justice] officials in the decision-making process.
When the young wandered from such prescriptions they were sometimes defamed by their elders, as Thomas Prince, Jr., of Boston learned in the 1740s when his newspaper debate with opponents of the Great Awakening revivals occasionally shifted focus to impugn his manhood.
He did not jump up and down; he did not impugn Reich's education; he did not shout 'Evidence!

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