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1. To stain; sully: a reputation that was besmirched by slander.
2. To make dirty; soil.
(rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl)
1. evoking fear; fearsome; formidable.
2. commanding respect or reverence.
[1325–75; Middle English redoutable
< Middle French,
– + douter
to fear, doubt
) + -able -able
A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
[Latin panacēa, from Greek panakeia, from panakēs, all-healing : pan-, pan- + akos, cure.]
1. done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
2. operating by stealth
3. characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
[C15: from Latin surreptīcius furtive, from surripere to steal, from sub- secretly + rapere to snatch]