word of the day :: impugn

impugn
[im-pyoon]

-verb (used with object)
1. to challenge as false (another’s statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.
2. Archaic to assail (a person) by words or arguments; villify.
3. Obsolete to attack (a person) physically.

Origin
1325-75; Middle English impugnen < Middle French impugner < Latin impugnāre to attack, equivalent to im im- + pugnāre to fight, derivative of pugnus fist; see pugnacious

“I am thankful to God for this approval of the people. But while deeply grateful for this mark of their confidence in me, if I know my heart, my gratitude is free from any taint of personal triumph. I do not impugn the motives of any one opposed to me. It is no pleasure to me to triumph over any one.”

~ Abraham Lincoln ~
U. S. president

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