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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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  • These Mysteries teach us how to partake of the merits of the redemption.

  • Contrast that with other notions of the purpose of revelation and redemption.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • The worst passions are but the disorderly exercise of feelings and faculties in themselves good and capable of redemption.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • If for a time I have absented myself from her, it is to think and work for her redemption.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • They must be lifted up, and you can be of great service as auxiliaries to the advanced spirits who labor for their redemption.

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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