(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Proving false
Nouns — confutation, refutation, disproof, rebuttal, answer; reductio ad absurdum; conclusive or knockdown argument. Informal, clincher, squelcher, crusher. See nullification, negation.
Verbs — confute, refute, disprove, show up, show the fallacy of, rebut, defeat; demolish, destroy, tear down, blow sky high; overwhelm, overthrow, overturn, squash, squelch; scatter to the winds, explode; put or reduce to silence, shut up; clinch an argument; not leave a leg to stand on, cut the ground from under one's feet.
Adjectives — confuting, confuted, confutative, negative (see negation); refuted, refutable; condemned on one's own showing, condemned out of one's own mouth.
Antonyms, see demonstration, evidence.

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