- the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price.
- the sum or price paid or demanded.
- a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, especially the payment of a redemptive fine.
- to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
- to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
- to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.
Origin of ransom
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Examples from the Web for ransomer
Come then the ransomer, and take him hence; If Jove himself command it,—be it so.The Iliad of Homer
Since ransom means an exact corresponding price, the ransomer must be exactly like the perfect Adam in Eden.
In order to meet these divine requirements, the ransomer must be a perfect human being.
The divine law definitely shows that the ransomer must be exactly corresponding to Adam, a perfect human being.
Agias was full of protestations of delight at beholding his intercessor and ransomer.A Friend of Caesar
William Stearns Davis
- the release of captured prisoners, property, etc, on payment of a stipulated price
- the price demanded or stipulated for such a release
- rescue or redemption of any kind
- hold to ransom
- to keep (prisoners, property, etc) in confinement until payment for their release is made or received
- to attempt to force (a person or persons) to comply with one's demands
- a king's ransom a very large amount of money or valuables
- to pay a stipulated price and so obtain the release of (prisoners, property, etc)
- to set free (prisoners, property, etc) upon receiving the payment demanded
- to redeem; rescueChrist ransomed men from sin
- John Crowe . 1888–1974, US poet and critic
Word Origin and History for ransomer
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.
Idioms and Phrases with ransomer
see king's ransom.