redoubt

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Etymology 1[edit]

Via French redoute from Italian ridotta, from Medieval Latin reductus ‎(refuge), from Latin reduco ‎(I withdraw), with spelling influenced by doubt.

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redoubt ‎(plural redoubts)

  1. A small, temporary, military fortification.
  2. A reinforced refuge; a fort.
  3. A place of safety or refuge.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)[1]
      To the south, the vast geometrical deserts of Arabian nomads, a redoubt of feral movement, of fickle winds, of open space, of saddle leather—home to the wild Bedouin tribes.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French redouter, from Latin dubitāre ‎(doubt) prefixed with re-. The b was later added back in this word, and the related doubt and redoubtable, to reflect their Latin source.

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redoubt ‎(third-person singular simple present redoubts, present participle redoubting, simple past and past participle redoubted)

  1. (archaic) To dread.
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