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Saturday, February 19, 2000


\rih-DRES\ , transitive verb;
To put in order again; to set right; to emend; to revise.
To set right, as a wrong; to repair, as an injury; to make amends for; to remedy; to relieve from.
To make amends or compensation to; to relieve of anything unjust or oppressive; to bestow relief upon.
The act of redressing; a making right; reformation; correction; amendment.
A setting right, as of wrong, injury, or oppression; as, the redress of grievances; hence, relief; remedy; reparation; indemnification.
Before adjourning in October 1774, the First Continental Congress called for the convening of another congress at Philadelphia on May 10, 1775, only if Britain had not redressed the Americans' grievances.
-- Pauline Maier, American Scripture :Making the Declaration of Independence
Many are convicts seeking redress; and with the rise of violent crime in the 1970s, powerful people sought to prevent their finding it.
-- William S. Mcfeely, Proximity to Death
Others, summarily replaced at the whim of a powerful artist or agent, are warned that their careers will be throttled if they seek legal or public redress.
-- Norman Lebrecht, Who Killed Classical Music? : Maestros, Managers, and Corporate Politics
Redress comes from French, redresser, to straighten, from re-, re- + dresser, to arrange.
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