MEANING: verb tr.: To prove to be wrong.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin confutare (to restrain or silence), from con- (an intensifier) + futare (to beat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhau- (to strike), which also gave us refute, beat, button, halibut, and buttress. Earliest documented use: 1529

CONFLUTE - jailhouse band instrument

ECONFUTE - Reagonomics didn't work

CONFETE - 1. musical instruction meaning "play festively"
2. the little paper dots they drop the Bastille Day parade