What does impugn mean?

Definitions for impugnɪmˈpyun

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impugn(verb)

    attack as false or wrong


  1. impugn(Verb)

    To assault, attack.

  2. impugn(Verb)

    To verbally assault, especially to argue against an opinion, motive, or action; to question the truth or validity of.

  3. Origin: From impugno, from in- + pugno, from pugnus (as in English pugilism), from roots.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impugn(verb)

    to attack by words or arguments; to contradict; to assail; to call in question; to make insinuations against; to gainsay; to oppose

  2. Origin: [OE. impugnen, F. impugner, fr. L. impugnare; in on, against + pugnare to flight. See Pugnacious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impugn

    im-pūn′, v.t. to oppose: to attack by words or arguments: to call in question.—adj. Impugn′able.—ns. Impugn′er; Impugn′ment. [L. impugnārein, against, pugnāre, to fight.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impugn in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impugn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Fred Yang:

    Of course it is offensive that he would use this to impugn Asian-Americans, but I also think he's in as much trouble for his original comments about Latinos, then trying to explain it away by criticizing Asians.

  2. Anthony Weiner:

    I think it's pretty outrageous, i think the idea to take someone who's served in government for 20 years and impugn her in that way is outrageous. I mean he wants to make me a campaign issue. I'm not going to indulge that.

  3. Cecile Richards:

    They're using these very highly edited videos, sensationalized videos, to try to impugn and smear the name of Planned Parenthood, these activists, these militant anti-abortion activists...do nothing to improve the health and safety of women.

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