V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



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)

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