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ransom

[ran-suh m]
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noun
  1. the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured goods, etc., for a price.
  2. the sum or price paid or demanded.
  3. a means of deliverance or rescue from punishment for sin, especially the payment of a redemptive fine.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
  2. to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
  3. to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.
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Origin of ransom

1150–1200; (noun) Middle English ransoun < Old French rançon < Late Latin redēmptiōn- (stem of redēmptiō) redemption; (v.) Middle English ransounen < Old French rançonner, derivative of rançon
Related formsran·som·er, nounun·ran·somed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. deliverance, liberation, release. 4. See redeem.
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Examples from the Web for ransomer

Historical Examples

  • Come then the ransomer, and take him hence; If Jove himself command it,—be it so.

    The Iliad of Homer

    Homer

  • Since ransom means an exact corresponding price, the ransomer must be exactly like the perfect Adam in Eden.

    The Harp of God

    J. F. Rutherford

  • In order to meet these divine requirements, the ransomer must be a perfect human being.

    The Harp of God

    J. F. Rutherford

  • The divine law definitely shows that the ransomer must be exactly corresponding to Adam, a perfect human being.

    The Harp of God

    J. F. Rutherford

  • Agias was full of protestations of delight at beholding his intercessor and ransomer.

    A Friend of Caesar

    William Stearns Davis


British Dictionary definitions for ransomer

ransom

noun
  1. the release of captured prisoners, property, etc, on payment of a stipulated price
  2. the price demanded or stipulated for such a release
  3. rescue or redemption of any kind
  4. hold to ransom
    1. to keep (prisoners, property, etc) in confinement until payment for their release is made or received
    2. to attempt to force (a person or persons) to comply with one's demands
  5. a king's ransom a very large amount of money or valuables
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verb (tr)
  1. to pay a stipulated price and so obtain the release of (prisoners, property, etc)
  2. to set free (prisoners, property, etc) upon receiving the payment demanded
  3. to redeem; rescueChrist ransomed men from sin
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Derived Formsransomer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French ransoun, from Latin redemptiō a buying back, redemption

Ransom

noun
  1. John Crowe . 1888–1974, US poet and critic
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Word Origin and History for ransomer

ransom

n.

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).

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ransom

early 14c., from ransom (n.). Related: Ransomed; ransoming.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with ransomer

ransom

see king's ransom.

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