Impugn (pronounced as im pyoon) is a word that I love to come across in my reading. Impugn is a transitive verb (it is an action verb that has an object, see the example below), while impugner (the one who impugns) is a noun. Impugn almost always seems to be said in a sort of haughty, how-dare-you, holier-than-thou kind of way and I just love it! That said, with the next election year already starting to gear up, don’t be surprised if you hear or read the word impugn – it does seem to be a political favorite!
Have you ever come across the word impugn before in your reading?
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~ Image detail from Couple Arguing by John Bull.