redemption

[ ri-demp-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈdɛmp ʃən /

noun

Origin of redemption

1300–50; Middle English redempcioun (< Middle French redemption) < Late Latin redēmptiōn- (stem of redēmptiō), equivalent to Latin redēmpt(us) (past participle of redimere to redeem) + -iōn- -ion
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redemption

/ (rɪˈdɛmpʃən) /

noun

the act or process of redeeming
the state of being redeemed
Christianity
  1. deliverance from sin through the incarnation, sufferings, and death of Christ
  2. atonement for guilt
conversion of paper money into bullion or specie
  1. removal of a financial obligation by paying off a note, bond, etc
  2. (as modifier)redemption date
Derived Formsredemptional, redemptive or redemptory, adjectiveredemptively, adverb

Word Origin for redemption

C14: via Old French from Latin redemptiō a buying back; see redeem
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Word Origin and History for redemption

redemption


n.

mid-14c., "deliverance from sin," from Old French redemcion (12c.) and directly from Latin redemptionem (nominative redemptio) "a buying back, releasing, ransoming" (also "bribery"), noun of action from past participle stem of redimere "to redeem, buy back," from red- "back" (see re-) + emere "to take, buy, gain, procure" (see exempt). The -d- is from the Old Latin habit of using red- as the form of re- before vowels. In the Mercian hymns, Latin redemptionem is glossed by Old English alesnisse.

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