re·​demp·​tion | \ ri-ˈdem(p)-shən How to pronounce redemption (audio) \

Definition of redemption

: the act, process, or an instance of redeeming

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Examples of redemption in a Sentence

the redemption of his reputation a sinner's search for redemption

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After some code redemption errors earlier this week, Bethesda extended the offer through the weekend, so get on it. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Free copies of Morrowind, Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets a tactics spinoff," 25 Mar. 2019 This was supposed to be about redemption for four years ago, when Brazil went in with abundant belief and got routed like no host nation in history. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil is no longer the class of world soccer," 6 July 2018 There have been some suggestion there is less interest and pride because of the pain of four years ago but the viewing figures have remained astronomical and the hunger for redemption is acute. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "'Brazil's Donald Trump': World Cup fate impacts far-right presidential candidate," 6 July 2018 The inexact nature of their job, one that sometimes affords an opportunity for redemption one day after failure, ostensibly makes flushing the woes easy. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Brad Peacock rebounds in June after a rough May," 30 June 2018 The 28-minute collage suggests a historical progression from discovery, through conflict, to redemption. Charles Desmarais,, "Charles Desmarais’ art picks for May 27," 24 May 2018 The gritty work showcases the New York singer-songwriter at her most vulnerable, covering a range of topics from heartbreak to redemption. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Bridget Kelly Releases Gritty Sophomore Album 'Reality Bites': Listen," 27 Apr. 2018 After allowing three homers and five runs (four earned) in a rough Orioles debut, Andrew Cashner gets a chance for redemption in his first career start at Yankee Stadium. Josh Land,, "Orioles on deck: Asher claimed, plus what to watch Thursday at Yankees, lineups and more," 5 Apr. 2018 With the sting of being left out of the College Football Playoff still fresh, the Big Ten enters spring practice with several of its members eager for redemption. Matt Murschel,, "Five storylines to watch in the Big Ten this spring," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of redemption

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for redemption

Middle English redempcioun, from Anglo-French redempcion, from Latin redemption-, redemptio, from redimere to redeem

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The first known use of redemption was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of redemption

: the act of making something better or more acceptable
: the act of exchanging something for money, an award, etc.
Christianity : the act of saving people from sin and evil : the fact of being saved from sin or evil


re·​demp·​tion | \ ri-ˈdemp-shən How to pronounce redemption (audio) \

Kids Definition of redemption

1 : the act of making up for The messy job was beyond redemption.
2 : an exchange for something of value redemption of empty soda cans
3 : the act of saving from sin


re·​demp·​tion | \ ri-ˈdemp-shən How to pronounce redemption (audio) \

Legal Definition of redemption

: the act, process, or fact of redeeming — see also equity of redemption, right of redemption

Other Words from redemption

redemptive \ -​ˈdemp-​tiv How to pronounce redemptive (audio) \ adjective

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