Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our Terms: i-r-r-e-f-r-a-g-a-b-l-e, irrefragable

irrefragable \ih-REF-ruh-guh-buhl\ , adjective:
1. Impossible to refute; incontestable; undeniable; as, an irrefragable argument; irrefragable evidence.

I had the most irrefragable evidence of the absolute truth and soundness of the principle upon which my invention was based.
-- Sir Henry Bessemer, Autobiography

On June 4, the Citizen featured an interview with the Joneses' lawyer, R. S. Newcombe, who insisted that at the pending manslaughter trial he would bring "positive, absolute, irrefragable proof from . . . the most eminent scientists in the world" to show that both the Bates and Hunt operations were necessary and that no surgeon could have saved their lives.
-- Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Conduct Unbecoming a Woman

Irrefragable derives from Late Latin irrefragabilis, from Latin in-, "not" + refragari, "to oppose."

I am thankful for topical anti-itch creams. Not only are they great for if you accidentally encounter a plant you're allergic to (or one you really meant to avoid {see above}) while in the wild, they're great for bug bites too, which I seem to attract.

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