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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil;
[syn: redemption, salvation]

2. repayment of the principal amount of a debt or security at or before maturity (as when a corporation repurchases its own stock);

3. the act of purchasing back something previously sold;
[syn: redemption, repurchase, buyback]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

redemption \re*demp"tion\ (r[-e]*d[e^]mp"sh[u^]n), n. [F. r['e]demption, L. redemptio. See redeem, and cf. ransom.] The act of redeeming, or the state of being redeemed; repurchase; ransom; release; rescue; deliverance; as, the redemption of prisoners taken in war; the redemption of a ship and cargo. Specifically: (a) (Law) The liberation of an estate from a mortgage, or the taking back of property mortgaged, upon performance of the terms or conditions on which it was conveyed; also, the right of redeeming and reentering upon an estate mortgaged. See Equity of redemption, under Equity. (b) (Com.) Performance of the obligation stated in a note, bill, bond, or other evidence of debt, by making payment to the holder. (c) (Theol.) The procuring of God's favor by the sufferings and death of Christ; the ransom or deliverance of sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God's violated law. [1913 Webster] In whom we have redemption through his blood. --Eph. i. 7. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

redemption n 1: (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil [syn: redemption, salvation] 2: repayment of the principal amount of a debt or security at or before maturity (as when a corporation repurchases its own stock) 3: the act of purchasing back something previously sold [syn: redemption, repurchase, buyback]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

90 Moby Thesaurus words for "redemption": absolution, adoption, amendment, amends, amnesty, atonement, change of allegiance, change of heart, change of mind, circumcision, compensation, composition, compromise, conversion, deliverance, delivery, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration, expiation, expiatory offering, extrication, freeing, grace, immunity, improvement, indemnification, indemnity, liberation, lifesaving, making amends, making good, making right, making up, new birth, new life, pardon, peace offering, piaculum, propitiation, quittance, ransom, rebirth, recapture, reclaiming, reclamation, recompense, recoup, recoupment, recovery, recrudescence, recuperation, redeemedness, redress, reform, reformation, regainment, regeneration, release, remission, remission of sin, renascence, renewal, reoccupation, reparation, replevin, replevy, repossession, reprieve, rescue, restitution, restoration, resumption, retake, retaking, retrieval, retrieve, revindication, revival, salvage, salvation, satisfaction, saving, second birth, shrift, sparing, spiritual purification, squaring, trover
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Redemption the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. The Greek word so rendered is _apolutrosis_, a word occurring nine times in Scripture, and always with the idea of a ransom or price paid, i.e., redemption by a lutron (see Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45). There are instances in the LXX. Version of the Old Testament of the use of _lutron_ in man's relation to man (Lev. 19:20; 25:51; Ex. 21:30; Num. 35:31, 32; Isa. 45:13; Prov. 6:35), and in the same sense of man's relation to God (Num. 3:49; 18:15). There are many passages in the New Testament which represent Christ's sufferings under the idea of a ransom or price, and the result thereby secured is a purchase or redemption (comp. Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Gal. 3:13; 4:4, 5; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6; Titus 2:14; Heb. 9:12; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Rev. 5:9). The idea running through all these texts, however various their reference, is that of payment made for our redemption. The debt against us is not viewed as simply cancelled, but is fully paid. Christ's blood or life, which he surrendered for them, is the "ransom" by which the deliverance of his people from the servitude of sin and from its penal consequences is secured. It is the plain doctrine of Scripture that "Christ saves us neither by the mere exercise of power, nor by his doctrine, nor by his example, nor by the moral influence which he exerted, nor by any subjective influence on his people, whether natural or mystical, but as a satisfaction to divine justice, as an expiation for sin, and as a ransom from the curse and authority of the law, thus reconciling us to God by making it consistent with his perfection to exercise mercy toward sinners" (Hodge's Systematic Theology).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

REDEMPTION, contracts. The act of taking back by the seller from the buyer a thing which had been sold subject to th right of repurchase. 2. The right of redemption then is an agreement by which the seller reserves to himself the power of taking back the thing sold by returning the price paid for it. As to the fund out of which a mortgaged estate is to be redeemed, see Payment. Vide Equity of redemption.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

REDEMPTION, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin, through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religion, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it. We must awake Man's spirit from his sin, And take some special measure for redeeming it; Though hard indeed the task to get it in Among the angels any way but teaming it, Or purify it otherwise than steaming it. I'm awkward at Redemption -- a beginner: My method is to crucify the sinner. Golgo Brone