Ref`u*ta"tion (r?f`?*t?"sh?n), n. [L. refutatio: cf. F. r'efutation.]
The act or process of refuting or disproving, or the state of being refuted; proof of falsehood or error; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine, or theory, by argument or countervailing proof.
Same of his blunders seem rather to deserve a flogging than a refutation.
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