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

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What James and Alexis proved was that in some of the darkest corners of ourselves, there could still be a chance for redemption, healing and repair. Isobel Yeung, Glamour, "For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Justice Looks Like a Sit-Down With Their Assailant," 16 Oct. 2018 Based on the response to the video, Laura Lee's fans aren't exactly impressed at this second attempt at redemption, either. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Laura Lee Is Attempting to Apologize Again for Her Controversial Tweets," 27 Sep. 2018 The upcoming action thriller centers on a disgraced NYPD detective, portrayed by Boseman, who is given a shot at redemption after a citywide manhunt for a cop killer. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: London Breed Officially Sworn In As San Francisco’s First Black Female Mayor," 12 July 2018 Andy’s backstory elevates the book above a sob story–but redemption, recovery and hope remain the name of the game. Sarah Begley, Time, "Two Novels That Take On the Reality of School Shootings," 29 Mar. 2018 The crime turned him into a national news item for setting fire to his chance at redemption. Martin Kuz, San Antonio Express-News, "Obama set him free. Then he landed back in prison.," 7 Jan. 2018 Tiger picks up PGA Tour win number 80 and delivers one of the best redemption stories in sports history. Daniel Rapaport,, "The Memorial Tournament Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 29 May 2018 But if there is to be a redemption story, Retherford will have to wait. Keith Bierygolick,, "Year after OVI arrest, Republican lawmaker Wes Retherford loses primary to Sara Carruthers," 8 May 2018 Maybe McDaniels is next in line to write his redemption story. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Has expected Colts coach Josh McDaniels learned from his failures in Denver?," 17 Jan. 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


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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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