Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To refute, disprove (an argument); to confute (someone).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To refute; to disprove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To refute; disprove; overthrow by arguments; set aside.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • But this helps Herodotus to refel the crime with which he is charged, of having flattered the Athenians for a great sum of money he received of them.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • But why then did not those profound rabbies amongst the Jews, and the Stoicks and Epicureans (those oracles of reason) amongst the philosophers, baffle and refel these babblers, and so dashing their absurd doctrine in its first rise, prevent its spreading, by a mature and thorough confutation?

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.

  • For gainsaying; the word in the Greek is anteipein, importing opposition in disputation, with an endeavour to refel or confute what is alleged by another; and the design of it is redargution, called by

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.

  • For Mr. Denne, I suppose they count him none of themselves, though both he, and Mr. Lamb, like to like, are brought for authors and abetters of their practice, and to refel my peaceable principle.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • '1 is the giddy fhoat Of worthlcfk multitudes, or? enal (bng i) \ niinnrtly chanted at the refel board.

    The Poetical Works of William Preston

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