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)



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