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refute

  

      vb  
1    tr   to prove (a statement, theory, charge, etc.) of (a person) to be false or incorrect; disprove  
2    to deny (a claim, charge, allegation, etc.)  
     (C16: from Latin refutare to rebut)  
  refutable      adj  
  refutability      n  
  refutably      adv  
  refuter      n  
The use of refute to mean deny is thought by many people to be incorrect  
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refute

  
  
blow out of the water     (slang)   confute, counter, discredit, disprove, give the lie to, negate, overthrow, prove false, rebut, silence  
  
Antonyms     
   confirm, prove, substantiate  

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refuter, refuel, refuge, refuse

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