AskDefine | Define oppugn

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oppugn v : challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of; "We must question your judgment in this matter" [syn: question, call into question]

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  1. transitive rare To contradict or controvert; to oppose; to challenge or question the truth or validity of a given statement.
    ''"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" - Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy'', volume III, page 180, London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1761.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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