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

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Former Vermont Highway Patrol officers Thorny, Farva, Rabbit, Foster and Mac get a shot at redemption in Canada. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 In the wake of her daughters’ discovery, Sherrell grapples with her own personal shortcomings and finds a shot at redemption. David Canfield,, "Judith Light: 'I'm coming into the best years of my life'," 30 Aug. 2019 At the time, the project offered Mr. Trump a shot at redemption after years of business failures. Ben Protess, New York Times, "Trump’s Signature New York Hotel and the Art of the Compromise," 25 Aug. 2019 The Nuggets get a shot at redemption — albeit a small one — when the Trail Blazers come to town. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets schedule released: Counting down Denver’s must-see home games in 2019-20," 12 Aug. 2019 This tells me Arians is willing to give Jones a shot at redemption (and Peyton Barber isn’t good enough to stop him). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football 2019: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview," 9 Aug. 2019 In the southwest corner of the state, the new 14th District offered a chance at redemption for state Rep. Rick Saccone. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 2 Oct. 2018 The Carters’ music was rooted in gospel, the sounds of Sunday morning; Rodgers’ in the carousing world of Saturday night–thus setting up ongoing themes in a genre that touched on both redemption and sin. Jon Meacham, Time, "Country Music Should Be Political. After All, It Always Has Been," 15 Aug. 2019 Country singer Brantley Gilbert has always been obsessed with sin and redemption. John Adamian,, "Country ’Bad Boy’ Brantley Gilbert coming to Xfinity," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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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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