Refute and Support


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Refute verb – To prove to be false.
Usage example: the victories of African-American athlete Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics effectively refuted the racial views of the Nazis

Support is an antonym for refute in discredit topic.
Nearby Words: refutation, refutable, refuting
Antonyms for Refute


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Support verb – To continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections.
Usage example: we support the students' right to speak out on local issues that affect them

Refute is an antonym for support.
Nearby Words: supported, supporter, supporting, supportive, supportable
Antonyms for Support
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Common collocations

belief refute belief support belief
people refute people support people
claim refute claim support claim
story refute story support story
Other nouns: theory, existence, claims.

Both words in one sentence

  • In softer settings you can probably invent any Applied Phlebotinum or Minovsky Physics needed to support or refute the plausibility of starfighters.
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Support or Refute. 2016. Accessed April 12, 2021.

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