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to prove or show to be false

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This woman lives in the confuting quarters of her household and is submissive to her husband.
3) He took fair-mindedness to be equally important and formulated it as the principle that "when one presents arguments for the opposite side with the intention of confuting them, they must be explained in the fairest way and not be made out of straw to the disadvantage of the opponent.
47) See Herbert Spencer confuting Sir Alexander Grant, saying that in his 1855 Principles of Psychology he showed this smooth progress, "Mental Evolution," CR 17 (June 1871): 461.
And, indeed, the knowledge and use of so salutary a science, which flows from the fertilizing founts of the sacred writings, the sovereign Pontiffs, the holy Fathers and the councils, must always be of the greatest assistance to the Church, whether with the view of really and soundly understanding and interpreting the Scriptures, or more safely and to better purpose reading and explaining the Fathers, or for exposing and refuting the various errors and heresies; and in these late days, when those dangerous times described by the Apostle are already upon us, when the blasphemers, the proud, and the seducers go from bad to worse, erring themselves and causing others to err, there is surely a very great need of confirming the dogmas of Catholic faith and confuting heresies.
The potency of chiasmus, as Peacham suggests, comes from how its confuting and inverting terms stops us and from how its syntactical display insists that we measure identity and association, opposition and relation.