One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To revive, reanimate, or refresh.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Coryate (?1577–1617), traveller and writer. From post-classical Latin refocillat-, past participial stem of refocillare to revive, refresh, reanimate, comfort (Vulgate) from classical Latin re- + focillāre. Compare Anglo-Norman and Middle French refociller.
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