One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Refutation, disproof; (also occasionally as a count noun) a refutation.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French redargucion, redargution (French † redargution) blame, rebuke, refutation and its etymon post-classical Latin redargution-, redargutio refutation, object of reproof (Vulgate) from classical Latin redargūt-, past participial stem of redarguere + -iō. Compare Catalan redargució, Spanish redargución.
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