Definition of redemption in English:



  • 1The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.

    ‘God's plans for the redemption of his world’
    • ‘Chasing a desire ‘to live and to die’ in Paris, and unable to find spiritual redemption, she eventually drinks poison.’
    • ‘There would be some vindication, some redemption, some soul-cleansing.’
    • ‘There is absolutely no hope of redemption, now, so just give up.’
    • ‘For once a population is deemed evil, with no hope of redemption, its members have little left to lose.’
    • ‘Part of this whole tragedy was his fault if not all of it and the only way to redemption was to save the innocent life of one boy even at the cost of his own.’
    • ‘I wanted redemption, instead, I've just added one evil onto another.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the powers of friendship, redemption and the spirit of Christmas conquer all.’
    • ‘Every soul can be saved, and everyone is capable of redemption.’
    • ‘The film however plays down overt preaching, treating the themes of good, evil, sacrifice and redemption as the kind of cornerstones that any classic drama is built on.’
    • ‘A play of cruelty and redemption, evil and hope.’
    • ‘The African people are looking to their leaders for the redemption of the continent from what has plagued it for so long.’
    • ‘It's a movie that tosses around notions of racism, evil and redemption.’
    • ‘You have to believe in the redemption of mankind.’
    • ‘But the heart of man the bible says, is still wicked and evil and needs redemption.’
    • ‘I don't know, maybe I should use a theme of redemption from evil, or overbooking airline reservations, or something like that.’
    • ‘It's about the redemption of evil by self-sacrificial love.’
    • ‘Being a chemist is key to his plan for redemption and as he goes along we understand where his flaws are.’
    • ‘When we rebuke or expose an evil, we have the duty to hope for the redemption, not the condemnation, of the sinner.’
    • ‘You no longer have to make sacrifices in somebody else's name, trying to get yourself saved or to earn redemption.’
    • ‘Why must he tug on my heartstrings, moving me to tears, when there could be no redemption, no saving me?’
    saving, freeing from sin, saving from sin, vindication, absolution
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    1. 1.1[in singular]A thing that saves someone from error or evil.
      ‘his marginalization from the Hollywood jungle proved to be his redemption’
      • ‘Understand that the redemption in this title is not what saves us from violence but what propels us toward it.’
      • ‘Yet her new work displays an inner peace borne of hard knocks and a harder-earned redemption.’
      • ‘The other male characters in this book are denied such a fiery redemption, though they all have an inchoate sense that there is hope out there somewhere.’
      • ‘And, this is in some way, sort of like a redemption.’
      • ‘Chapman has said he would like to be a farmer on his release and spread the word about his spiritual redemption.’
      • ‘He finds a redemption of sorts when he recovers his family, loses a foot to his disease, and in the end decides he doesn't want to die after all.’
  • 2The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.

    • ‘‘I was impressed that net cash redemptions weren't larger,’ he says, adding that some bond funds and money-market funds had record inflows.’
    • ‘Buying the shares later to fulfill the bond redemption was preferred to paying cash to the bondholders because the share price was declining.’
    • ‘This early redemption is simply a must, considering the terms of issuance and sale of these bonds, he said.’
    • ‘‘If managers expect heavy redemptions, they may hold more cash than they normally do,’ says Johnson.’
    • ‘If you hold the gilt until redemption, the gain of £20 would be tax-free.’
    • ‘Therefore, the clearing system and the clients of other banks demanding redemption set narrow limits to the issuing of fiduciary media.’
    • ‘Cash bonuses, including redemptions of loan stock, paid by the Board over the past 10 years amount to more than €90 million.’
    • ‘Including nonrecurring charges and extraordinary gains from bond redemptions, the total net loss for fiscal 2001 was $98.9 million.’
    • ‘A poison put gives the bond holder the right to call for early redemption of the bond for cash or shares.’
    • ‘Can you help to speed up a repayment of £200.21 due from Barclays bank, following the redemption of our mortgage?’
    • ‘The Government is poised for the redemption of securities maturing during the next few months.’
    • ‘Under such constraints, the consolidation of airport finances was achieved through a general policy of applying operating surpluses to supplementary debt redemption.’
    • ‘The par amount is the capital sum that will be paid when the bond is due for redemption.’
    • ‘Neither was that interest paid on redemption of the shares.’
    • ‘Since the redemption was to be accomplished through an amendment to the Trust Indenture, acceptance by holders holding two-thirds of the Debentures was required.’
    • ‘It is not in dispute that the securitization transaction constituted a refunding operation in that the proceeds of the securitization were applied toward the redemption of the Bonds.’
    • ‘About 22 per cent of those targeted responded, said Ferguson, and the redemption on samples hit 80 per cent.’
    • ‘First, he says that he had, in the circumstances, a right to redemption of weekly payments.’
    • ‘Thus the discount is not regarded as disguised interest and the obligations to repurchase bad debts are not viewed as disguised rights of redemption.’
    • ‘The schemes have come in for redemption and the Securities and Exchange Board of India has directed Indian Bank Mutual Fund to formulate a method of meeting payment commitments.’
    exchange, swapping, bartering, cashing in, conversion, return, trade-in
    paying off, paying back, discharge, clearing, squaring, honouring
    retrieval, recovery, reclamation, repossession, recoupment, return, rescue
    fulfilment, carrying out, discharge, making good, execution, performing, accomplishment, achievement, observance, honouring, meeting, satisfying, adherence to
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    1. 2.1archaic The action of buying one's freedom.


  • beyond (or past) redemption

    • (of a person or thing) too bad to be improved or saved.

      • ‘He called Sunday's election a ‘farce,’ ‘rigged,’ and ‘flawed beyond redemption.’’
      • ‘They may have made a mistake, but no one is (well, at least very few are) totally beyond redemption, as my story clearly illustrates.’
      • ‘I am much saddened that it has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent that it is now surely beyond redemption.’
      • ‘This time he believes the situation is not beyond redemption.’
      • ‘The U.S. corporate press is now corrupt beyond redemption.’
      • ‘‘They are beyond redemption - politically, they're damned,’ he says.’
      • ‘Unlike some of his neighbours, however, he does not believe the party is beyond redemption.’
      • ‘But if anything, Frankie is portrayed as beyond hope, beyond redemption.’
      • ‘Well, the country is in serious economic trouble, but it is not yet beyond redemption.’
      • ‘He finds himself beyond rescue, beyond redemption, and beyond anything that life can do to him.’
      inveterate, habitual, confirmed, hardened
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin redemptio(n-), from redimere buy back (see redeem).