Definition of redemption in English:


Syllabification: re·demp·tion
Pronunciation: /riˈdempSHən


  • 1The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil: God’s plans for the redemption of his world
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    • Why must he tug on my heartstrings, moving me to tears, when there could be no redemption, no saving me?
    • The film however plays down overt preaching, treating the themes of good, evil, sacrifice and redemption as the kind of cornerstones that any classic drama is built on.
    • A play of cruelty and redemption, evil and hope.
    saving, freeing from sin, absolution
  • 1.1 [in singular] A thing that saves someone from error or evil: his marginalization from the Hollywood jungle proved to be his redemption
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    • Understand that the redemption in this title is not what saves us from violence but what propels us toward it.
    • And, this is in some way, sort of like a redemption.
    • He finds a redemption of sorts when he recovers his family, loses a foot to his disease, and in the end decides he doesn't want to die after all.
  • 2The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
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    • Under such constraints, the consolidation of airport finances was achieved through a general policy of applying operating surpluses to supplementary debt redemption.
    • If you hold the gilt until redemption, the gain of £20 would be tax-free.
    • First, he says that he had, in the circumstances, a right to redemption of weekly payments.
    retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession, returnexchange, cashing in, conversionpaying off, paying back, discharge, clearing, honoringfulfillment, carrying out, discharge, performing, honoring, meeting
  • 2.1 archaic The action of buying one’s freedom.


beyond (or past) redemption

(Of a person or thing) too bad to be improved or saved.
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  • ‘They are beyond redemption - politically, they're damned,’ he says.
  • He called Sunday's election a ‘farce,’ ‘rigged,’ and ‘flawed beyond redemption.’
  • They may have made a mistake, but no one is (well, at least very few are) totally beyond redemption, as my story clearly illustrates.


late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin redemptio(n-), from redimere 'buy back' (see redeem).

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