One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To rebuild or reconstruct (a building, wall, city, etc.).
2with object Figurative. To restore, re-establish, rebuild. Now rare.
Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman and Middle French reedifier, redifier (French réédifier) to rebuild, reconstruct from re- + edifier, after post-classical Latin reaedificare to rebuild (Vulgate; compare classical Latin redaedificare).
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