re·​dux | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈdəks How to pronounce redux (audio) , ˈrē-ˌdəks \

Definition of redux

: brought back used postpositively

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In Latin, redux (from the verb reducere, meaning "to lead back") can mean "brought back" or "bringing back." The Romans used redux as an epithet for the Goddess Fortuna with its "bringing back" meaning; Fortuna Redux was "one who brings another safely home." But it was the "brought back" meaning that made its way into English. Redux belongs to a small class of English adjectives that are always used postpositively-that is, they always follow the words they modify. Redux has a history of showing up in titles of English works, such as John Dryden’s Astraea Redux (a poem "on the happy restoration and return of his sacred majesty, Charles the Second"), Anthony Trollope’s Phineas Redux, and John Updike’s Rabbit Redux.

Examples of redux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The redux edition seen here is the product of Girard-Perregaux’s second design collaboration with George Bamford, founder of the English customizer Bamford Watch Department (the first effort, the Laureato Ghost, came out last November). Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 9 July 2021 Finally redux: Was any sourdough bread harmed during the making of this picture? Maya Singer, Vogue, 9 June 2021 The renaissance of redux fashion, vintage, and DIY design coincides with a cultural wave that puts a premium on sustainable shopping. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of redux

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for redux

Latin, returning, from reducere to lead back

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“Redux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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