- 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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- John Crowe [kroh] /kroʊ/, 1888–1974, U.S. poet, critic, and teacher.
Examples from the Web for ransom
“I noticed something,” I say to Marvin, feeling a little like Ransom Stoddard, attorney at law.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
At the same time, we should expect a rise in kidnapping for ransom.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said that the bureau fully complies with U.S. policy as it relates to ransom payments.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
European governments, for their part, have long agreed to pay groups like ISIS ransom money.Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?
October 24, 2014
Where do you think the ransom money for Western hostages is going?Turkey’s Attitude Toward ISIS? Sympathy for the Devil
October 1, 2014
“I am afraid he is past ransom,” said the youth, shaking his head.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Ransom at long range will be about the size of it—cash or crash.American Notes
So a king's ransom is what Benlli paid for his wife's diamond ring.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Gutierrez will be your willing servant, until we see about this ransom.
Nareda will pay it—and Nareda will collect the ransom from the American capitalists.
- 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 ransom
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 ransom
see king's ransom.