re·​demp·​tive | \ ri-ˈdem(p)-tiv How to pronounce redemptive (audio) \

Definition of redemptive

: of, relating to, or bringing about redemption redemptive suffering

Examples of redemptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lack of high-tech wizardry allows the pain and intensity to carry over from the characters’ violent past to their redemptive present. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Spike Lee's timely war epic 'Da 5 Bloods' finds love and brotherhood amid injustice," 11 June 2020 Groundhog Day’s action is structured according to a classic redemptive arc: This is the hero’s journey, set in the small-town wilds of Punxsutawney. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Groundhog Day Was a Horror Movie All Along," 30 Apr. 2020 In this current moment of unscripted catastrophe, one not even seasoned producers Mona Scott-Young or Mark Burnett could have dreamed up, all that feels right is the sugary chaos and redemptive thrills of reality TV. Jason Parham, Wired, "Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life," 10 Apr. 2020 There’s the harrowing yet redemptive Holocaust story of his maternal grandparents — his grandfather who survived and saved own his father by becoming a watchmaker in a Dachau subcamp, his grandmother who hid for two years in a forest. Washington Post, "The Holocaust, mental illness and a family’s secrets," 9 Jan. 2020 Miya: Also to circle back (sorry) to online quarantine behavior: the performance of productivity (exercising, cooking, writing, cleaning, crafting) by people may be annoying but also reveals a need to find meaning or something redemptive in this. John Herrman, New York Times, "Wait … How Do We Live Together?," 24 Mar. 2020 Why are most of us acting as if there’s no such thing as redemptive suffering? Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Love in the Time of Coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 Here are takeaways from Northern Kentucky’s (20-8, 12-4 Horizon League) redemptive win. Jl Kirven,, "NKU Norse regroup to take down Cleveland State Vikings," 21 Feb. 2020 The redemptive half-season that just aired set the stage, quite stunningly, for a dark reckoning. Darren Franich,, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of redemptive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Redemptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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