re·demp·tion | \ ri-ˈdem(p)-shən \

Definition of redemption 

: the act, process, or an instance of redeeming

Examples of redemption in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The Seleção, fixated on redemption after a 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany on home soil four years ago, take aim at returning to the final four, and appear to be rounding into form on both sides of the ball. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: Brazil, Belgium Square Off in Star-Laden World Cup Quarterfinal," 6 July 2018 So, what's the next step on Calipari's animal redemption tour? Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Here's photo proof that John Calipari doesn't actually hate puppies," 28 June 2018 In the circus of Jay’s public redemption tour, has Beyoncé found solace? Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 Yes, all nations deserve recovery and redemption from a horrid past. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 The Netflix story is a story of innovation, risk and redemption. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "The house behind ‘House of Cards’," 13 July 2018 The offer is good only for chicken lettuce wraps, regularly priced at $9.95 per order, with one redemption per table. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "P.F. Chang's celebrating 25th birthday with 25 cent lettuce wraps," 3 July 2018 Shea continued to raise the dramatic stakes, narrating a tale of loss and redemption in interviews and onstage, with Joey Chestnut as the sport’s American hero. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "'I Love Things That Are Absurd.' Meet the Man Who Turned Nathan's Hot Dog-Eating Contest Into a National Obsession," 3 July 2018 Roth’s pessimism about the prospect of national redemption should be instructive to critics of President Donald Trump’s policy of caging migrant children in isolation from their parents. The Economist, "A blot against America," 23 June 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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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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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