31 January 2009


I read the word redound in a Wikipedia article about Don Quixote:

Cervantes helped move beyond the narrow literary conventions of the chivalric romance literature that he spoofed, which consists of straightforward retelling of a series of acts that redound to the knightly virtues of the hero.

It would be easy to read redound incorrectly and get rebound.

Other possibilities include:

refound remound repound reround resound rewound

(The image of Honoré Daumier's painting of Don Quixote astride Rocinante is copied from the abovementioned article in Wikipedia, and used under the GFDL.)


Redound Re*dound", n.
1. The coming back, as of consequence or effect; result;
return; requital.
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We give you welcome; not without redound
Of use and glory to yourselves ye come. --Tennyson.
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2. Rebound; reverberation. [R.] --Codrington.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Redound Re*dound" (r?*dound"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Redounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Redounding.] [F. redonder, L.
redundare; pref. red-, re-, re- + undare to rise in waves or
surges, fr. unda a wave. See Undulate, and cf.
1. To roll back, as a wave or flood; to be sent or driven
back; to flow back, as a consequence or effect; to
conduce; to contribute; to result.
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The evil, soon
Driven back, redounded as a flood on those
From whom it sprung. --Milton.
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The honor done to our religion ultimately redounds
to God, the author of it. --Rogers.
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both . . . will devour great quantities of paper,
there will no small use redound from them to that
manufacture. --Addison.
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2. To be in excess; to remain over and above; to be
redundant; to overflow.
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For every dram of honey therein found,
A pound of gall doth over it redound. --Spenser.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

v 1: be excessive in quantity
2: be deflected; "His actions redound on his parents"
3: be added; "Everything he does redounds to himself"
4: have an effect for good or ill; "Her efforts will redound to
the general good"

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

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