American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price.
- n. The price or payment demanded or paid for such release.
- n. A redemption from sin and its consequences.
- v. To obtain the release of by paying a certain price.
- v. To release after receiving such a payment.
- v. To deliver from sin and its consequences.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Redemption for a price; a holding for redemption; also, release from captivity, bondage, or the possession of an enemy for a consideration; liberation on payment or satisfaction of the price demanded.
- n. The money or price awarded or paid for the redemption of a prisoner, captive, or slave, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for liberation from restraint, penalty, or punishment.
- n. Atonement; expiation.
- To redeem from captivity, bondage, forfeit, or punishment by paying or giving in return that which is demanded; buy out of servitude; buy off from penalty.
- To redeem; rescue; deliver.
- To hold at ransom; demand or accept a ransom for; exact payment on.
- To set free for a price; give up the custody of on receipt of a consideration.
- To atone for; expiate.
- n. Money paid for the freeing of a hostage.
- v. To deliver, especially in context of sin or relevant penalties.
- v. To pay a price to set someone free from captivity or punishment.
- v. To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration; redemption.
- n. The money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for freedom from restraint, penalty, or forfeit.
- n. (O. Eng. Law) A sum paid for the pardon of some great offense and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine paid in lieu of corporal punishment.
- v. To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude or penalty; to rescue; to deliver.
- v. rare To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.
- v. exchange or buy back for money; under threat
- n. payment for the release of someone
- n. the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
- n. money demanded for the return of a captured person
- From the Middle English ransoun, from the Old French rançon, from stem of Latin redemptio. (See redemption.) Entered English ca. the 13th century (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ransome, from Old French rançon, from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, a buying back; see redemption. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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