[ ri-demp-shuhn ]
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  1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.

  2. deliverance; rescue.

  1. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.

  2. atonement for guilt.

  3. repurchase, as of something sold.

  4. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.

  5. recovery by payment, as of something pledged.

  6. conversion of paper money into specie.

Origin of redemption

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English redempcioun, from Middle French redemption, from Late Latin redēmptiōn-, stem of redēmptiō “deliverance, buyback,” from Latin redēmpt(us) “bought back” (past participle of redimere “to buy back, repurchase”; see redeem) + -iō -ion

Other words from redemption

  • re·demp·tion·al, adjective
  • re·demp·tion·less, adjective
  • non·re·demp·tion, noun
  • post·re·demp·tion, noun
  • pre·re·demp·tion, noun

Words Nearby redemption Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use redemption in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for redemption


/ (rɪˈdɛmpʃən) /

  1. the act or process of redeeming

  2. the state of being redeemed

  1. Christianity

    • deliverance from sin through the incarnation, sufferings, and death of Christ

    • atonement for guilt

  2. conversion of paper money into bullion or specie

    • removal of a financial obligation by paying off a note, bond, etc

    • (as modifier): redemption date

Origin of redemption

C14: via Old French from Latin redemptiō a buying back; see redeem

Derived forms of redemption

  • redemptional, redemptive or redemptory, adjective
  • redemptively, adverb

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