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refection

[ri-fek-shuh n] /rɪˈfɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
refreshment, especially with food or drink.
2.
a portion of food or drink; repast.
Origin of refection
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English refeccioun < Latin refectiōn- (stem of refectiō) restoration, equivalent to refect(us) (see refect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
refective, adjective
refectorial
[ree-fek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌri fɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Historical Examples
  • Her prolonged immobility disturbed the comfort of his refection.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Great preparations had been made for the refection which was to be part of the entertainment.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • And it is good; it is a refection for the gods—certain selected gods.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • Barley bread and water, or a little milk, was his only refection.

  • "We'll take our refection in the open air," said Timothy putting his head in at the door.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • The refection was duly consumed, and the waggon rolled its way down the hill.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • And with this the two gentlemen went off to their accustomed place of refection.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Then, after ordering a refection for the traveller, came the question what he had been doing.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • During this refection, the young men made known the object of their visit.

  • I bought half-a-dozen oranges from a boy, for oranges and nuts were the only refection to be had.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for refection

refection

/rɪˈfɛkʃən/
noun
1.
refreshment with food and drink
Word Origin
C14: from Latin refectiō a restoring, from reficere to remake, from re- + facere to make
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