what is the difference between "confute" and "refute"?

@Brook909 (111)
April 8, 2010 3:03am CST
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
10 Apr 10
I concur that the two words mean to disprove. My online dictionary also designates "confute" as being "formal" while "refute" would be a more common word to use for that meaning. "Refute" has the additional definition of "deny or contradict a statement or accusation."
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
8 Apr 10
I look the words in our dictionary, and it shows that it has the same meaning. Which is to prove to be false or incorrect. I hope that helps.