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From Middle French oppugner Latin oppugno ("fight against, to attack, assail, assault, storm, besiege, war with")


  • IPA(key): /?'pju:n/
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  • Rhymes: -u:n


oppugn (third-person singular simple present oppugns, present participle oppugning, simple past and past participle oppugned)

  1. (transitive, rare) To contradict or controvert; to oppose; to challenge or question the truth or validity of a given statement.
    • 1761 Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, volume III, page 180, London: R. and J. Dodsley.
      It is for the same reason, that is, because 'tis all comprehended in Slawkenbergius, that I say nothing likewise of Scroderus (Andrea) who all the world knows, set himself to oppugn Prignitz with great violence, ---- proving it in his own way, first logically, and then by a series of stubborn facts


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