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From Latin refellere, from re- + fallere (to deceive).


refel (third-person singular simple present refels, present participle refelling, simple past and past participle refelled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To refute, disprove (an argument); to confute (someone).
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 1, section 3, member III:
      Averroes scoffs at Galen for his reasons, and brings five arguments to refel them: so doth Hercules de Saxonia []
    • 1603-04, William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
      How I persuaded, how I pray'd, and kneel'd,
      How he refell'd me, and how I reply'd []