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redemption Syllabification: re·demp·tion
Pronunciation: /rəˈdem(p)SH(ə)n/

Definition of redemption in English:


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.
Example sentences
  • 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, return
exchange, cashing in, conversion
paying off, paying back, discharge, clearing, honoring
fulfillment, 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.
Example sentences
  • ‘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).

Words that rhyme with redemption

exemption, pre-emption
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