verb (used with object)
Origin of ransom
Synonyms for ransom
Examples from the Web for ransom
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of ransom
“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.
- 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
Word Origin 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.
see king's ransom.