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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.
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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.]
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(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]
impugnation, imˈpugnment n
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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]
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Past participle: impugned
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|Verb||1.||impugn - attack as false or wrong|
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
impugn[ɪmˈpjuːn] VT [+ integrity, honesty, motives] → poner en duda; [+ theory] → cuestionar; [+ testimony] → impugnar
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impugn[ɪmˈpjuːn] vt [+ motives, integrity] → contester
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