Dictionary: RE-FU'TA-BLE – RE-GARD'

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RE-FU'TA-BLE, a. [from refute.]

That may be refuted or disproved; that may be proved false or erroneous.


Refutation. [Not used.]

REF-U-TA'TION, n. [L. refutatio. See Refute.]

The act or process of refuting or disproving; the act of proving to be false or erroneous; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine or theory, by argument or countervailing proof. – Bentley.

RE-FUTE, v.t. [Fr. refuter; L. refuto; re and futo, obs. The primary sense of futo, is to drive or thrust, to beat back. Class Bd.]

To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute. We say, to refute arguments, to refute testimony, to refute opinions or theories, to refute a disputant. There were so many witnesses to these two miracles, that it is impossible to refute such multitudes. – Addison.

RE-FUT-ED, pp.

Disproved; proved to be false or erroneous.


One that refutes.

RE-FUT-ING, ppr.

Proving to be false or erroneous; confuting.

RE-GAIN, v.t. [re and gain; Fr. regagner.]

To gain anew; to recover what has escaped or been lost. – Milton.


Recovered; gained anew.


Gaining anew; recovering.

RE'GAL, a. [Fr. from L. regalis, from rex, Sans. raja, connected with rego, to govern; Sax. recan or reccan, to say, to reck, to reckon, to rule, to direct; the root of right, L. rectus, Sax. reht. See Reck and Reckon.]

Pertaining to a king; kingly; royal; as, a regal title; regal authority; regal state, pomp or splendor; regal power or sway. But we say, a royal or kingly government, not a regal one. We never say, a regal territory, regal dominions, regal army or regal navy. Regal expresses what is more personal.

RE'GAL, n. [Fr. régale.]

A musical instrument. – Bacon.

RE-GALE', n.1 [Fr. régale.]

The prerogative of monarchy. – Johnson.

RE-GALE', n.2 [See the verb, below.]

A magnificent entertainment or treat given to embassadors and other persons of distinction. – Encyc.

RE-GALE, v.t.1 [Fr. regaler; Sp. regalar, to regale, to refresh, entertain, caress, cajole, delight, cherish; regalarse, to entertain one's self, to take pleasure, also to melt, to be dissolved; Port. regalar, to regale, to treat daintily, to delight; It. regalare, to present with gifts, to regale, to season. This word is probably a compound of re and the root It. galloria, a transport of joy, gallare, to exult, gala, ornament, Port. galhofa, mirth, good cheer, Sp. gallardo, gay, Fr. gaillard, &c. In Russ. jaluyu signifies to regale, to gratify with presents, to visit, &c. The primary sense is to excite, to rouse and be brisk, or to shoot, leap, dart or rush. We probably see the same root in the Eng. gale, gallant, Gr. αγαλλιαω, Fr. joli, Eng. jolly, and in many other words.]

To refresh; to entertain with something that delights; to gratify, as the senses; as, to regale the taste, the eye or the ear. The birds of the forest regale us with their songs.

RE-GALE, v.t.2

To feast; to fare sumptuously.

RE-GAL-ED, pp.

Refreshed; entertained; gratified.


Refreshment; entertainment; gratification.

RE-GA'LI-A, n.1 [L. from rex, king.]

  1. Ensigns of royalty; the apparatus of a coronation; as the crown, scepter, &c.
  2. In law, the rights and prerogatives of a king. – Blackstone.

RE-GA'LIA, n.2

The privileges granted to a church by the king.

RE-GAL-ING, ppr.

Refreshing; entertaining; gratifying.

RE-GAL'I-TY, n. [from L. regalis; It. realtà; Fr. royauté.]

Royalty; sovereignty; kingship. He came partly in by the sword and had high courage in all points of regality. – Baron.

RE'GAL-LY, adv.

In a royal manner. – Milton.

RE-GARD', n. [Fr. regard; It. riguardo.]

  1. Look; aspect directed to another. But her with stern regard he thus repell'd. – Milton. [Nearly or quite obsolete.]
  2. Attention of the mind; respect in relation to something. He has no regard to the interest of society; his motives are wholly selfish.
  3. Respect; esteem; reverence; that view of the mind which springs from value, estimable qualities, or any thing that excites admiration. With some regard to what is just and right, / They'll lead their lives. – Milton. To him they had regard, because of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. – Acts viii.
  4. Respect; account. Change was thought necessary, in regard of the injury the church received by a number of things then in use. – Hooker.
  5. Relation; reference. To persuade them to pursue and persevere in virtue, in regard to themselves; in justice and goodness, in regard to their neighbors; and piety toward God. – Watts.
  6. Note; eminence; account. Mac Ferlagh was a man of meanest regard among them. – Spenser.
  7. Matter demanding notice. – Spenser.
  8. Prospect; object of sight. [Not proper nor in use.] – Shak.
  9. In the forest laws, view; inspection. Court of regard, or survey of dogs, a forest court in England, held every third year for the lawing or expeditation of mastifs, that is, for cutting off the claws and ball of the fore feet, to prevent them from running after deer. – Blackstone.

RE-GARD', v.t. [Fr. regarder; It. riguardare; from Fr. garder, to guard, keep, defend; It. guardare, to guard, to look, view, behold, to beware, to take heed, to discern. The primary sense of guard is to drive off or repel, and thus to protect, or to hold, keep, retain, probably the former. To regard is to extend or direct the eye to an object, or to hold it in view. We observe a somewhat similar process of deriving the sense of looking, in the It. scorto, seen, perceived, prudent, guided, convoyed, wary, crafty, discerning, and as a noun, an abridgment; scorta, a guide, an escort, a guard.]

  1. To look toward; to point or be directed. It is a peninsula which regardeth the main land. – Sandys.
  2. To observe; to notice with some particularity. If much you note him, / You offend him; feed and regard him not. – Shak.
  3. To attend to with respect and estimation; to value. This aspect of mine, / The best regarded virgins of your clime / Have lov'd. – Shak.
  4. To attend to as a thing that affects our interest or happiness; to fix the mind on as a matter of importance. He does not regard the pain he feels. He does not regard the loss he has suffered. He regards only the interest of the community.
  5. To esteem; to hold in respect and affection. The people regard their pastor, and treat him with great kindness. – 2 Kings iii.
  6. To keep; to observe with religious or solemn attention. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it to the Lord. – Rom. xiv.
  7. To attend to as something to influence our conduct. He that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. – Eccles. xi.
  8. To consider seriously; to lay to heart. They regard not the work of the Lord. – Isa. v.
  9. To notice with pity or concern. – Deut. xxviii.
  10. To notice favorably or with acceptance; to hear and answer. He will regard the prayer of the destitute. Ps. cii.
  11. To love and esteem; to practice; as, to regard iniquity in the heart. – Ps. lxvi.
  12. To respect; to have relation to. The argument does not regard the question. To regard the person, to value for outward honor, wealth or power. – Matth. xxii.