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Meaning of RANSOM

Pronunciation:  'ransum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
  2. [n]  payment for the release of someone
  3. [n]  money demanded for the return of a captured person
  4. [v]  exchange or buy back for money; under threat

RANSOM is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: ransom money, redeem
 See Also: change, cost, defrayal, defrayment, exchange, interchange, payment, recovery, retrieval



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ran"som\, n. [OE. raunson, raunsoun, OF. ran[,c]on,
    raen[,c]on, raan[,c]on, F. ran[,c]on, fr. L. redemptio, fr.
    redimere to redeem. See {Redeem}, and cf. {Redemption}.]
    1. The release of a captive, or of captive, or of captured
       property, by payment of a consideration; redemption; as,
       prisoners hopeless of ransom. --Dryden.
    2. The money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner,
       or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for freedom
       from restraint, penalty, or forfeit.
             Thy ransom paid, which man from death redeems.
             His captivity in Austria, and the heavy ransom he
             paid for his liberty.                 --Sir J.
    3. (O. Eng. Law) A sum paid for the pardon of some great
       offense and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine
       paid in lieu of corporal punishment. --Blackstone.
    {Ransom bill} (Law), a war contract, valid by the law of
       nations, for the ransom of property captured at sea and
       its safe conduct into port. --Kent.
  2. \Ran"som\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ransomed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Ransoming}.] [Cf. F. ran[,c]onner. See {Ransom}, n.]
    1. To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or
       forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude or
       penalty; to rescue; to deliver; as, to ransom prisoners
       from an enemy.
    2. To exact a ransom for, or a payment on. [R.]
             Such lands as he had rule of he ransomed them so
             grievously, and would tax the men two or three times
             in a year.                            --Berners.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that somebody is demanding ransom from you means that you have been deceived.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the price or payment made for our redemption, as when it is said that the Son of man "gave his life a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28; comp. Acts 20:28; Rom. 3:23, 24; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Gal. 3:13; 4:4, 5: Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Tim. 2:6; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19. In all these passages the same idea is expressed). This word is derived from the Fr. rancon; Lat. redemptio. The debt is represented not as cancelled but as fully paid. The slave or captive is not liberated by a mere gratuitous favour, but a ransom price has been paid, in consideration of which he is set free. The original owner receives back his alienated and lost possession because he has bought it back "with a price." This price or ransom (Gr. lutron) is always said to be Christ, his blood, his death. He secures our redemption by the payment of a ransom. (See REDEMPTION.)