- offsetting or counterbalancing some fault, defect, or the like: a redeeming quality.
Origin of redeeming
- to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage.
- to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure.
- to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction: to redeem a pawned watch.
- to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods.
- to convert (paper money) into specie.
- to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).
- to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.
- to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.
- Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.
Origin of redeem
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Examples from the Web for redeeming
But what about stuff that has no obvious redeeming qualities to it?Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time
December 26, 2014
He has no redeeming or (even complicating) qualities—no depths to plumb, no angles to survey, no gray areas to explore.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
This was probably the most redeeming part of the three-hour Sound of Music special on NBC.'Sound of Music' Gets Huge Ratings, 'Family Guy's' Brian Griffin Is Coming Back
December 6, 2013
The argument might go like this: Jews are sovereign, have wealth, and are fully capable of “redeeming” the Temple Mount.Tisha B'Av: It's Not All About the Temple
July 16, 2013
But, as Travis Williams puts it, “Every case has a redeeming quality, not necessarily every person.”‘Gideon’s Army’: Gerald Shargel on the Defense That Never Rests
Gerald L. Shargel
July 1, 2013
If there was one redeeming feature about the man I might be uneasy.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
In that way only it seemed to me I could keep my hold on the redeeming facts of life.Heart of Darkness
I look to that time and see woman the redeeming power of the world.
But he had not one redeeming trait of character to justify his existence.Billy Topsail & Company
To Ernest this was the one redeeming touch to the desert's austerity.The Forbidden Trail
- serving to compensate for faults or deficiencies in quality, etcone redeeming feature
- to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain
- to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash
- to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)
- to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)
- to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie
- to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)
- to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods
- to reinstate in someone's estimation or good opinion; restore to favourhe redeemed himself by his altruistic action
- to make amends for
- to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment
- Christianity (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross
Word Origin and History for redeeming
early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.