[ verb ] overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
"The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"
Used in print(Los Angeles Times,...)
Sprinkel strongly refuted the current neo-stagnationist thesis that we are facing a future of limited and slow growth , declaring that this pessimism `` is based on very limited and questionable evidence '' .(Tracts published by American Tract Society,...)
At_one_time I became disturbed in the faith in_which I had grown_up by the apparent inroads being made upon both Old and New_Testaments by a `` Higher_Criticism '' of the Bible , to refute which I felt the need of a better knowledge of Hebrew and of archaeology , for it seemed to me that to pull_out some of the props of our faith was to weaken the entire structure .