Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, 16th century
Prove (a person or an assertion) to be wrong.
Examples of Confute in a sentence
"The student confuted the professor with a logical proof."
"After some research, I was able to confute the belief that fruit trees couldn’t grow in this climate."
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“Confute” is derived from the Latin “confutare,” meaning “to answer conclusively.” It builds upon “refutare,” the basis of similar word “refute,” adding the prefix “con-,” meaning “altogether.”
Did you Know?
“Confute” is similar to “refute” and shares an etymological root. The difference between the two words is that “confute” has traditionally been a verb applied to proving a person or people wrong, while “refute” is applied only to proving ideas wrong. Consequently, one may refute a claim, or confute the person who made the claim.