IV. WORDS RELATING TO THE INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES; FORMATION OF IDEAS

IV. REASONING PROCESSES

Confutation.

[Antonyms: demonstration.]

[Nouns] confutation, refutation; answer, complete answer; disproof, conviction, redargution, invalidation; exposure, exposition; clincher; retort; reductio ad absurdum; knock down argument, tu quoque argument; sockdolager [U.S.].

[Verbs] confute, refute, disprove; parry, negative, rebut, redargue, expose, show the fallacy of, defeat; demolish, break (destroy) [more]; overthrow, overturn scatter to the winds, explode, invalidate; silence; put to silence, reduce to silence; clinch an argument, clinch a question; give one a setdown, stop the mouth, shut up; have, have on the hip.

not leave a leg to stand on, cut the ground from under one's feet.

be confuted; fail; expose one's weak point, show one's weak point.

[Adjectives] confuting, confuted; capable of refutation; refutable, confutable.

condemned on one's own showing, condemned out of one's own mouth.

[Phrases] the argument falls to the ground, cadit quaestio, it does not hold water, "suo sibi gladio hunc jugulo" [Terence].

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