One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘attempts to refute Einstein's theory of relativity’
disprove, prove false, prove wrong, prove to be false, prove to be wrong, show to be false, show to be wrong, rebut, confute, give the lie to, demolish, explode, debunk, drive a coach and horses through, discredit, invalidate
informal shoot full of holes, shoot down, shoot down in flames, blow sky-high
rare controvert, negative
2‘a spokesman totally refuted the allegation of bias’
deny, reject, repudiate, rebut, declare to be untrue
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