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Jun 23, 2015
This week’s theme
Words derived from body parts

This week’s words
precipitous
oppugn
enervate
splenetic
eviscerate

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oppugn

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-PYOON)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To call in question; to contradict; to dispute.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin oppugnare (to fight or oppose), from ob- (against) + pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick) which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, impugn, pugilist, and pugnacious. Earliest documented use: 1435.

USAGE:
“President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week put the blame on the media, accusing media organizations of destroying the party’s image. Furthermore, he oppugned press credibility.”
Donny Syofyan; Blame Game and Political Suicide of Indonesian Elites; The Jakarta Post (Indonesia); Jul 25, 2011.

See more usage examples of oppugn in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It's like, at the end, there's this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid? -Richard Bach, writer (b. 23 Jun 1936)

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