Redoubtable

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  1. Brian C.:

    The noun “redoubt” is etymologically unrelated to “doubt” and “redoubtable”. Here’s its etymology: c.1600, from Fr. redoute, from It. ridotto “place of retreat,” from M.L. reductus “place of refuge, retreat,” from L. reduct-, pp. stem of reducere “to lead or bring back” (see reduce). The -b- was added by influence of unrelated English doubt.

  2. john van sickle:

    bravo Brian for reducing ‘redoubt’ to ‘reductus’: ah, etymology’s traps

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