oppugn (v.) mid-15c., from L. oppugnare "to fight against," from ob- "toward, against" (see OB- (Cf. ob-)) + pugnare "to fight" (see PUGNACIOUS (Cf. pugnacious)). Related: Oppugned; oppugning.

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  • Oppugn — Op*pugn , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Oppugned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Oppugning}.] [OF. oppugner, L. oppugnare; ob (see {Ob }) + pugnare to fight. See {Impugn}.] To fight against; to attack; to be in conflict with; to oppose; to resist. [1913 Webster] They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oppugn — I verb aggress, assault, attack, be contrary, buck, call in question, challenge, clash, combat, conflict, confront, contend, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter, countervail, counterwork, criticize adversely, cross, deal a blow, defy,… …   Law dictionary

  • oppugn — [v] oppose argue, attack, call into question, contradict, controvert, criticize, debate, shoot down, take issue; concepts 21,54,106 …   New thesaurus

  • oppugn — [ə pyo͞on′] vt. [ME oppugnen < L oppugnare < ob (see OB ) + pugnare < pugna, a fight: see PUGNACIOUS] to oppose with argument; criticize adversely; call in question oppugner n …   English World dictionary

  • oppugn — verb 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… …   Wiktionary

  • oppugn — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin oppugnare, from ob against + pugnare to fight more at ob , pungent Date: 15th century 1. to fight against 2. to call in question • oppugner noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oppugn — oppugner, n. /euh pyoohn /, v.t. 1. to assail by criticism, argument, or action. 2. to call in question; dispute. [1400 50; late ME < L oppugnare to oppose, attack, equiv. to op OP + pugnare to fight, deriv. of pugnus fist; see PUGILISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • oppugn — Synonyms and related words: antagonize, battle, be antipathetic, be at cross purposes, be contrary to, be inimical, be opposed to, beat against, belie, call into question, challenge, clash, collide, conflict, conflict with, confute, contest,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • oppugn — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. criticize, attack, oppose, controvert, *shoot down, *blast, *light into, *rake over the coals. ANT.: concur, compliment, agree II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth… …   English dictionary for students

  • oppugn — op·pugn || É‘ pjuːn /É’ p v. criticize harshly, oppose …   English contemporary dictionary

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