One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Prove (a person or an assertion) to be wrong.‘restorers who sought to confute this view were accused of ignorance’
refute, prove false, show to be false, give the lie to, rebut, deny, falsify, debunk, negate, invalidate, contradict, confound, be at odds with, demolish, discreditdisprove, prove to be false, show to be false, contradict, negate, deny, refute, rebut, gainsay, belie, give the lie to, invalidate, explode, discredit, expose, debunk, quash, knock the bottom out of, drive a coach and horses throughView synonyms
- ‘Now everybody makes a wrong call from time to time - if only because even right calls can be confuted by poor timing.’
- ‘No, I intend to confute their arguments, to show that they are mistaken.’
- ‘The ‘fact’ that water freezes more quickly if it is first boiled is no fact at all, and some of Descartes's ‘explanations’ are easily confuted by experiment.’
- ‘He confutes this argument saying ‘You find valuable things in places were no one else has searched.’’
- ‘Yet, while George confutes the morality of the landowner's original title, he does not regard this as good enough reason, in itself, for overriding the claim of the present incumbent.’
- ‘Our exclusive exit poll of the Democratic primary confutes the conventional wisdom about why Gotham's voters vote as they do.’
- ‘It would be nice to say that the exhibition at the Royal Academy until 18 April confutes received wisdom.’
- ‘He confutes such notions by educating patients about the field of psychoneuroimmunology, with examples of how stress can adversely affect the endocrine, immune and nervous systems.’
- ‘He has argued to the contrary, but the evidence confutes him.’
- ‘In other words, the consensus has been downright confuted, over a nine-month period, by the course of events.’
- ‘Because earlier travel narratives had used this anecdote, later writers felt compelled to include it, not because it was true, but because confuting it might bring one's own veracity into question.’
- ‘The telescopic observations used by Galileo to confute the Aristotelians are bound up with complex assumptions having to do with optics: this penetration of observation by theory is typical.’
- ‘The whole of Pakistani history serves to confute these beliefs.’
- ‘A second, more common way of settling the problem was to consider the market as a kind of extension of the home, however much this might confute economic and physical fact.’
- ‘In the nine articles that have appeared in this series, we have disproved and confuted all the allegations of disbelievers and critics regarding the origin of the Qur'an.’
- ‘One well-studied case decisively confutes all the conventional arguments.’
Early 16th century: from Latin confutare ‘restrain, answer conclusively’, from con- ‘altogether’ + the base of refutare ‘refute’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.