HOME > LOOK UP & LEARN

V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


impugn

verb

Definition: 1. to cast doubt on or call into question; 2. to question the truthfulness or integrity of something of someone

Synonyms: challenge, attack, malign, contradict, negate

Antonyms: advocate, authenticate, support, uphold

Tips: Impugn is derived from the Latin impugnare, meaning ďto fight against.Ē When people question the veracity or truthfulness of another person's statement or call into question someone's integrity, they impugn the statement or person who is questioned. Impugn is often used as a more sophisticated retort: "Don't impugn (call into question) my integrity" or "please do not impugn (question) the veracity of my story."

Usage Examples:

Please donít impugn my ideas in front of other employees; if you donít like them, tell me so in private. (malign, challenge)

The attorney impugned the witnessí testimony in an effort to cause doubt among the jury members. (challenged, attacked)

When her reputation was maliciously impugned by a journalist, the actress filed a lawsuit against him. (attacked, maligned)

You can question my rationale, but please do not impugn my integrity. (challenge, question)


Want to Learn More Words Like impugn?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word impugn were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: