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
Recent Examples on the Web Sunday offers a chance at redemption for Kansas City head coach Andy Reid and his counterpart in San Francisco Kyle Shanahan. TheWeek, "Super Bowl LIV offers chance at redemption for Andy Reid, Kyle Shanahan," 2 Feb. 2020 Crimsix won’t have to wait long for his shot at redemption. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Is the best Call of Duty player in the world living in Dallas?," 21 Jan. 2020 Conversion is not always binary; redemption is not always permanent. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 In the city: Dozier's shot at redemption is perfect as Butler basketball team rallies to beat PRP The Bulldogs finished shooting 66.7 percent (28-of-42). Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Male boys basketball uses hot start to hold off St. Xavier," 11 Jan. 2020 But then Denver had not one, but three shots at redemption in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, only to see three passes thrown by quarterback Brandon Allen fall incomplete in the end zone. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Broncos lose heart-breaker to Minnesota. How many times must we watch this same sad movie?," 17 Nov. 2019 Is there redemption in the hallowed halls of Junk Junction? Wired, "Epic Games Just Banned a Fortnite Streamer for Life," 8 Nov. 2019 Constitutional redemption was the defining ideal of Cold War liberal patriotism. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, "What John Rawls Missed," 29 Oct. 2019 Created just weeks after van Gogh mutilated his left ear following an altercation with Gauguin, the painting has an air of redemption, says the Van Gogh Museum’s Lisa Smit, who co-curated the show. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Seeing Artists Face to Face," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Redemption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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