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

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 pastor also understood that humans cannot move forward into goodness without the possibility of redemption. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Chicago pastor turns gangsters' lives around with stunning compassion," 25 Feb. 2021 There's no arc of redemption, nothing even close to a happily-ever-after. Chris Vognar, Star Tribune, "Review: 'As You Were,' by David Tromblay," 12 Feb. 2021 Woods’ stunning victory at the 2019 Masters — his 15th major championship and first since that 2008 U.S. Open — provided the ultimate moment of redemption. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "‘It started in Vegas’: 15 biggest takeaways from Part 2 of HBO’s documentary, ‘Tiger’," 17 Jan. 2021 After 9/11, liberal America has been under the misapprehension that Muslims are in need of some kind of redemption, as Ayad finds when critics are disappointed that his play doesn’t present an idealized Muslim. Amir-hussein Radjy, The New Republic, "A Novelist’s Reckoning With Identity Politics," 6 Jan. 2021 Wilson connecting with tight end Jacob Hollister was a bit of redemption for the tight end who was stopped inches short of the same end zone on the final play a year ago in Week 17 against San Francisco. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks shut down the Los Angeles Rams to capture NFC West title: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 27 Dec. 2020 Parekh received a measure of redemption at the ShaZam meet, beating Stromsland with a time of 17:39 in the fourth flight. Bob Narang,, "Cross country notes: Grayslake Central’s Bella Domier stays in the groove at ShaZam Racing High School XC Championships," 9 Nov. 2020 At the root of this unrest was a desire for absolution, a promise of redemption for wrongdoing wrought on millions of innocent people. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Heiress Who Stole a Vermeer, Witchcraft in Post-WWII Germany and Other New Books to Read," 5 Nov. 2020 Considering that the country itself might not be worthy of redemption. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, "How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held Onto Optimism," 3 Nov. 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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27 Feb 2021

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“Redemption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 redemption (audio) \ adjective

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