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Synonyms of refute in English:


  • 1 attempts to refute Einstein's theory of relativity
    informal shoot full of holes, shoot down (in flames), blow sky-high
    [Antonyms] confirm
  • 2 a spokesman totally refuted the allegation of bias
    deny, reject, repudiate, rebut, declare to be untrue;
    formal gainsay
    [Antonyms] accept
  • refute or deny?The core meaning of refute is ‘prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong’, as in attempts to refute Einstein's theory. In the second half of the 20th century, a sense developed in which refute is treated as synonymous with deny, as in I absolutely refute the charges made against me, where no evidence or argument to show that the charges are untrue is given. Traditionalists object to the second use, but it is now widely accepted in standard English.

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