from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of rendering.
  • noun An interpretation or performance of a musical score or a dramatic piece.
  • noun A translation from one language to another.
  • noun The surrender of a person, place, or possession, as to an authority or a victorious force.
  • noun The transfer of a prisoner or suspect from one country to another, often to avoid legal restrictions on interrogation or prosecution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of rendering or translating; a rendering or giving the meaning of a word or passage; translation.
  • noun The act of rendering up or yielding possession; surrender.
  • noun The act of rendering or reproducing artistically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of rendering; especially, the act of surrender, as of fugitives from justice, at the claim of a foreign government; also, surrender in war.
  • noun Translation; rendering; version.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To surrender or hand over (a person or thing); especially, for one jurisdiction to do so to another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun handing over prisoners to countries where torture is allowed
  • noun a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role etc.
  • noun an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
  • noun the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete French, from Old French rendre, to give back; see render.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From obsolete French rendition, alteration (after rendre ("to render")) of reddition ("reddition"). Many senses influenced by render.


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  • This word has such a dark connotation these days.

    October 10, 2007

  • I thought it might be related to rend, but the etymologies are distinct.

    October 10, 2007

  • I thought the same thing. Unfortunately, it conjures up a mental picture of someone being rendered over a fire.

    Which is not technically torture, according to our president.

    October 10, 2007

  • "In the view of Mr. Addington and his acolytes, anything and everything that the president authorized in the fight against terror - regardless of what the Constitution or Congress or the Geneva Conventions might say - was all right. That included torture, rendition, warrantless wiretapping, the suspension of habeas corpus, you name it." Link

    July 23, 2008

  • "The case was a huge symbolic victory for Italian prosecutors, who drew the first convictions involving the US practice of rendition, in which terrorism suspects are captured in one country and taken for questioning in another, often one more open to coercive interrogation techniques."

    - AFP, NYT, CIA spy lashes out after Italian conviction,, 6 Nov 2009.

    November 6, 2009

  • Mock book-cover rendered in Adobe Photoshop some time ago, on a whim....

    November 6, 2009

  • SpspoCH phPHPTS?

    November 6, 2009