(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. disprove, defeat, overwhelm, overcome, silence, expose, bring to naught, rebut, controvert, parry, negate, vanquish, demolish, invalidate, answer conclusively, overturn, prove to be wrong, set aside, overcome in debate, upset, subvert, quash, oppugn, contradict, argue down, get the better of, clinch an argument, discredit, show up*, shut up*, not leave a leg to stand on*, cut the ground from under one's feet*, put down*; see also deny , oppose 1 , refute .
Ant. prove, verify*, confirm.
See Synonym Study at disprove .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
disprove, refute, invalidate, *shoot full of holes, negate, contradict, rebut, discredit.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To prove or show to be false: belie, discredit, disprove, rebut, refute. See AFFIRM.

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