- 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
Synonyms for ransom
Related Words for ransomedredemption, price, release, compensation, deliverance, bribe, payoff, payment, rescue, expiation, regain, recover, deliver, free, redeem, extricate, manumit, save, liberate, emancipate
Examples from the Web for ransomed
Contemporary Examples of ransomed
The earl was killed in battle and Marshal captured, but he would later be ransomed by the queen herself.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of ransomed
Madre Mia, when you are ransomed away from here it will please me!
The Gould Concession had ransomed its way through all those years.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
That night a ransomed one went away from the earth, and God took him.Left at Home
Mary L. Code
The girl you love has ransomed you: go therefore and be worthy of her.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
We think you will be ransomed by the help of the many friends you have in court.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
- 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
Word Origin for ransom
- John Crowe . 1888–1974, US poet and critic
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.