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ransom

[ran-suh m] /ˈræn səm/
noun
1.
the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price.
2.
the sum or price paid or demanded.
3.
a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, especially the payment of a redemptive fine.
verb (used with object)
4.
to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
5.
to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
6.
to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.
Origin of ransom
1150-1200
1150-1200; (noun) Middle English ransoun < Old French rançon < Late Latin redēmptiōn- (stem of redēmptiō) redemption; (v.) Middle English ransounen < Old French rançonner, derivative of rançon
Related forms
ransomer, noun
unransomed, adjective
Synonyms
1. deliverance, liberation, release. 4. See redeem.

Ransom

[ran-suh m] /ˈræn səm/
noun
1.
John Crowe
[kroh] /kroʊ/ (Show IPA),
1888–1974, U.S. poet, critic, and teacher.
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ransom

/ˈrænsəm/
noun
1.
the release of captured prisoners, property, etc, on payment of a stipulated price
2.
the price demanded or stipulated for such a release
3.
rescue or redemption of any kind
4.
hold to ransom
  1. to keep (prisoners, property, etc) in confinement until payment for their release is made or received
  2. to attempt to force (a person or persons) to comply with one's demands
5.
a king's ransom, a very large amount of money or valuables
verb (transitive)
6.
to pay a stipulated price and so obtain the release of (prisoners, property, etc)
7.
to set free (prisoners, property, etc) upon receiving the payment demanded
8.
to redeem; rescue: Christ ransomed men from sin
Derived Forms
ransomer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ransoun, from Latin redemptiō a buying back, redemption

Ransom

/ˈrænsəm/
noun
1.
John Crowe. 1888–1974, US poet and critic
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Word Origin and History for ransom
n.

c.1200, "sum paid for the release of a prisoner or captured man," from Old French ranson (Modern French rançon), earlier raenson "ransom, redemption," from Latin redemptionem (nominative redemptio) "a redeeming," from redimere (see redeem).

early 14c., from ransom (n.). Related: Ransomed; ransoming.

early 14c., from ransom (n.). Related: Ransomed; ransoming.

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