Definition of redemption in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈdɛm(p)ʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
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, saving/freeing from sin, vindication, 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: the peasants found the terms of redemption unattractive
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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, recoupment, return, rescue;
exchange, swapping, bartering, cashing in, conversion, return, trade-in
paying off, paying back, discharge, clearing, squaring, honouring
archaic quittance
fulfilment, carrying out, discharge, making good, execution, performing, accomplishment, achievement, observance, honouring, meeting, satisfying, adherence to
2.1 archaic The action of buying one’s freedom: soldiers who were captured had to seek redemption [as modifier]: serfs began paying redemption dues


beyond (or past) redemption

Too bad to be improved or saved: the game was beyond redemption in the 69th minute
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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).

Words that rhyme with redemption

exemption, pre-emption

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