From Latin refellere, from re- + fallere (“to deceive”).
refel (third-person singular simple present refels, present participle refelling, simple past and past participle refelled)
- (obsolete) To refute, disprove (an argument); to confute (someone).
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, I.iii.3:
- Averroes scoffs at Galen for his reasons, and brings five arguments to refel them: so doth Hercules de Saxonia […].