Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (I) Formation of Ideas
Section IV. Reasoning Processes
CONFUTATION, refutation; answer, complete answer; disproof, conviction, redargution, invalidation; exposure, exposition, exposé [F.], clincher [colloq.], retort, reductio ad absurdum [L.]; knock-down -; tu quoque- argument; sockdolager [slang, U. S.].
CONFUTE, refute; parry, negative, disprove, redargue, expose, show up, show the fallacy of, rebut, defeat; demolish (destroy) [See Destruction]; overthrow, overturn; scatter to the winds, explode, invalidate; silence; put -, reduce- to silence; clinch -an argument, - a question; give one a setdown [colloq.], stop the mouth, shut up; have, have on the hip, have the better of; confound [archaic], convince.
not leave a leg to stand on, cut the ground from under ones feet; smash all opposition; knock the bottom out of an argument [colloq.].
BE CONFUTED &c.; fail; expose -, show- ones weak point.
CONFUTABLE, confutative, refutable; confuting, confuted, &c. v.; capable of refutation. condemned -on ones own showing, - out of ones own mouth; hoist with his own petar [Hamlet].
The argument falls to the ground.
It does not hold water.
Suo sibi gladio hunc jugulo.Terence
Thy speech bewrayeth thee.Bible
Now, infidel, I have you on the hip.Merchant of Venice