Whether you sit down for nourishment or sustenance, aliment
, a meal or a repast, you are unlikely to encounter a shortage of English words for food or the partaking of food. Refection
is just such a word. It was first borrowed by Middle English (as refeccioun
) from Anglo-French refectiun
, which in turn was derived from Latin refectio
(meaning "refreshment" or "repairing"). Refectio
comes from the verb reficere
("to remake, renew, or restore"), a combination of the prefix re
- ("again") and the verb facere
("to make or do").
is not only applied to food, however. It has been used to describe many
means of restoring or refreshing one's body, and of mental and
spiritual sustenance as well.
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