Definition of refute :
To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; as, to refute arguments; to refute testimony; to refute opinions or theories; to refute a disputant.
confute (part of speech: verb)
deny (part of speech: verb)
annul (part of speech: verb)
delete, efface, divorce, eradicate, dismiss, reject, disavow, extinguish, eliminate, neutralize, retract, disaffirm, veto, obliterate, abnegate, negate, deny, withdraw, nullify, destroy, cancel, abolish, repudiate, revoke, invalidate, undo, disclaim, annul, dissolve
disprove (part of speech: verb)
dispose of, cancel out, contend, argue against, contravene, give the lie to, demolish, prove false, debate, discredit, parry, expose, oppose, knock holes in, provide refutation for, convict, take a stand against, overturn, subvert, quash, gainsay, squelch, not leave a leg to stand on, show up, crush, show the weakness in, explode, belie, tear down, reply to
vindicate (part of speech: verb)
respond (part of speech: verb)
- Hollister challenged his reason to refute that cry of his heart. - "The Hidden Places", Bertrand W. Sinclair.
- Passeri attributes his grand achievements more to his amazing study than to his genius; and some have not hesitated to deny that he possessed any genius at all- an opinion which his works abundantly refute. - "Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)", Shearjashub Spooner.
- Why had Major Boggs given me those answers, when these books would flatly refute them? - "The Flying Saucers are Real", Donald Keyhoe.