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Rebut   /rɪbˈət/  /ribˈət/   Listen

(past & past part. rebutted; pres. part. rebutting)
Overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof.  Synonym: refute.
Prove to be false or incorrect.  Synonyms: controvert, refute.

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"Rebut" Quotes from Famous Books

... Gascoigne is your informant, I presume," said Ledantec sneering; "it is easy to rebut a charge by throwing it on another. But you are too clever, M. le Juge, ...
— The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood • Arthur Griffiths

... repeated, with a sort of pathetic emphasis, as if eager to persuade himself that she had condescended to rebut his accusation. "Y' ain't been like ye used to at all. Appears like as if ye thought us folks in the Settlement wasn't good ...
— Earth's Enigmas - A Volume of Stories • Charles G. D. Roberts

... and struck on a small hand-bell. Promptly on the summons Sergeant Archelaus appeared in the doorway; so promptly, indeed, that he might have found it hard, under cross-examination, to rebut the charge of ...
— Major Vigoureux • A. T. Quiller-Couch

... widow of the last cardinal of Medici, died at Venice. (The father of the children was a French running footman.-D.) [Cosmo the Third was sixty-seven years old at the period of the marriage: "une fois le marriage conclu," says the Biog. Univ. "El'eonore refusa de la consommer, rebut'ee par la figure, par l'age et surtout par les d'esordres de son 'epouse." Cosmo died at the age of eighty-one. A translation of his Travels through England, in 1669, ...
— The Letters of Horace Walpole, Volume 1 • Horace Walpole

... cousins began sharply to differ. On 3rd November, during the debates on the Peace, Pitt rose to rebut the censures of Thomas Grenville on a policy which implied the surrender of the Mediterranean to France. He deprecated these sweeping criticisms; for he had ever been ready to frame a treaty which, though falling short of our just pretensions, was not inconsistent with ...
— William Pitt and the Great War • John Holland Rose

... us pass to more cheerful and consoling thoughts. If my connection with the preparation of the Address, from my having held, though unworthy, office in its Committee, enables and authorises me to rebut false charges against it, it has further bestowed upon me the privilege of personal contact with a body of men who justly represented the entire Episcopate, and would have represented it with equal advantage in any other period of the Church. I know not ...
— The History of Freedom • John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

... generals, officers, soldiers, were still animated with a devotion, that nothing could rebut. Proud of the confidence placed in them by the national representatives, they had answered their appeal by an address full of spirit and patriotism; they had sworn to each other, to die in defence of the honour and independence of ...
— Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II • Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon

... and send the mare to Bishopsworthy," said Alick, as usual too careless of the imputation to take the trouble to rebut it ...
— The Clever Woman of the Family • Charlotte M. Yonge

... cannot be disputed. And, therefore, gentlemen, your common-sense will agree with me when I say that it is a lawful presumption—a presumption which the law warrants you in drawing and in holding till you have some satisfactory evidence to rebut it—that the person who obtains access to a house or any other building secured by a lock of this description must have in his or her possession a key which is capable ...
— The Queen Against Owen • Allen Upward

... EPISTLE OF, addressed especially to Jewish Christians in certain churches of Asia Minor, the members of which were suffering persecution at the hands of their adversaries as evil-doers; was written to exhort them to rebut the charge by a life of simple well-doing, and to comfort them under it with the promise of ...
— The Nuttall Encyclopaedia - Being a Concise and Comprehensive Dictionary of General Knowledge • Edited by Rev. James Wood

... be seen from the details, the fate of the Boer prisoners of war was not such a bad one after all. Nor, either, was life in the Concentration Camps, and I have endeavoured to throw some new light on the subject to rebut the old false rumours which, lately, the German Government revived when taxed with harsh treatment of their own prisoners of war, so as to draw ...
— Cecil Rhodes - Man and Empire-Maker • Princess Catherine Radziwill

... 4 And to rebut a possible objection which occurred to him—"Can you, Demosthenes, whose policy ended in defeat, swear by a victory?"—the orator proceeds to measure his language, choosing his very words so as to give no handle to opponents, ...
— On the Sublime • Longinus

... concentrated vice. Her next appearance is before the court, on trial for her husband's murder. The scene is celebrated, and has been much disputed by critics. Relying on her own dauntlessness, on her beauty, and on the protection of Brachiano, Vittoria hardly takes the trouble to plead innocence or to rebut charges. She stands defiant, arrogant, vigilant, on guard; flinging the lie in the teeth of her arraigners; quick to seize the slightest sign of feebleness in their attack; protesting her guiltlessness so loudly that ...
— Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete - Series I, II, and III • John Symonds

... was perjury of a shameless kind; for one who would perjure himself to save a man from jail, would also swear a man into the gallows-rope. But Judge Carcasson had not been able to charge the jury in that sense, for there was no effective evidence to rebut the untruthful attestation of the Spaniard. It had to be taken for what it was worth, since the prosecuting attorney could not shake it; and yet to the Court itself ...
— The Judgment House • Gilbert Parker

Words linked to "Rebut" :   rebutter, contradict, controvert, disown, answer, renounce, oppose, disprove, confute, repudiate

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