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[ri-demp-shuh n] /rɪˈdɛmp ʃən/
an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.
deliverance; rescue.
Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
atonement for guilt.
repurchase, as of something sold.
paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.
recovery by payment, as of something pledged.
conversion of paper money into specie.
Origin of redemption
1300-50; Middle English redempcioun (< Middle French redemption) < Late Latin redēmptiōn- (stem of redēmptiō), equivalent to Latin redēmpt(us) (past participle of redimere to redeem) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
redemptional, adjective
redemptionless, adjective
nonredemption, noun
postredemption, noun
preredemption, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for redemption
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  • Was there no prophet, no redemption, no mediator for such as these?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But he still had something to do, the final act made possible by his redemption.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • She still lived, however, and that was sufficient for the redemption of her sins.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • That God will do his part in the redemption of men is set before us in the cross.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • If the redemption is to be a moral redemption, the last detail of the method must be moral.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
British Dictionary definitions for redemption


the act or process of redeeming
the state of being redeemed
  1. deliverance from sin through the incarnation, sufferings, and death of Christ
  2. atonement for guilt
conversion of paper money into bullion or specie
  1. removal of a financial obligation by paying off a note, bond, etc
  2. (as modifier): redemption date
Derived Forms
redemptional, redemptive, redemptory, adjective
redemptively, adverb
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin redemptiō a buying back; see redeem
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Word Origin and History for redemption

mid-14c., "deliverance from sin," from Old French redemcion (12c.) and directly from Latin redemptionem (nominative redemptio) "a buying back, releasing, ransoming" (also "bribery"), noun of action from past participle stem of redimere "to redeem, buy back," from red- "back" (see re-) + emere "to take, buy, gain, procure" (see exempt). The -d- is from the Old Latin habit of using red- as the form of re- before vowels. In the Mercian hymns, Latin redemptionem is glossed by Old English alesnisse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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