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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 re·fute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refuted; p. pr. & vb. n. Refuting.]  To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; as, to refute arguments; to refute testimony; to refute opinions or theories; to refute a disputant.
    There were so many witnesses in these two miracles that it is impossible to refute such multitudes.   --Addison.
 Syn: -- To confute; disprove. See Confute.