re·​demp·​tion | \ ri-ˈdem(p)-shən \

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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Victory against Croatia would be redemption for a team seeking its second World Cup win 20 years after the original breakthrough. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 The other overriding theme of the news conference was redemption for Evans, who lost his job at Georgia days after being charged in Atlanta with drunken driving. Don Markus,, "Once hesitant to get back in the business, Evans gets second chance as athletic director at Maryland," 27 June 2018 For The Cars, their entrance into the Rock Hall was redemption for an eight year run as one of the catchiest and most innovative bands of their era. Ron Hart, Billboard, "The Cars' Debut Album: 40 Years Ago, Electric Crunch Met Digital Gleam for a New Wave Classic," 6 June 2018 Bottom line, a temporary stay in the penalty box is not redemption. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Not Now, Charlie Rose," 26 Apr. 2018 Bruce Willis recovered from this; Die Hard was months away, complete redemption via Pulp Fiction just a few years after that. Dave Holmes, Esquire, "David Harbour Became the New Bruce Willis This Week," 8 Feb. 2018 Here, Yeung describes what watching that session was like, the complexities of consent and the path to redemption and healing for survivors. Isobel Yeung, Glamour, "For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Justice Looks Like a Sit-Down With Their Assailant," 16 Oct. 2018 Those travel partners offer way more valuable redemptions; for example, 85,000 points is enough to fly round-trip between the U.S. and Japan in business class on All Nippon Airways. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New American Express Gold Card Stacks Up Against the Best Travel Credit Cards," 4 Oct. 2018 Trump could have attempted to actually make the unfolding crisis a moment of unity by seeking redemption. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "The president didn’t apologize for vilifying political opponents.," 24 Oct. 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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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