from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed.
- n. Recovery of something pawned or mortgaged.
- n. The payment of an obligation, as a government's payment of the value of its bonds.
- n. Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue.
- n. Christianity Salvation from sin through Jesus's sacrifice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of redeeming or something redeemed
- n. the recovery, for a fee, of a pawned article
- n. salvation from sin
- n. rescue upon payment of a ransom
Middle English redempcioun, from Old French redemption, from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, from redēmptus, past participle of redimere, to redeem; see redeem.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)