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a. The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price.
b. The price or payment demanded or paid for such release.
2. Christianity A redemption from sin and its consequences.
tr.v. ran·somed, ran·som·ing, ran·soms
a. To obtain the release of by paying a certain price.
b. To release after receiving such a payment.
2. Christianity To deliver from sin and its consequences.

[Middle English raunson, raunsom, from Old French rançon, from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, a buying back; see redemption.]

ran′som·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ransomed - saved from the bondage of sin
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
saved - rescued; especially from the power and consequences of sin; "a saved soul"
2.ransomed - reclaimed by payment of a ransom
saved - rescued; especially from the power and consequences of sin; "a saved soul"
References in classic literature ?
I, however, was one of those on ransom, for when it was discovered that I was a captain, although I declared my scanty means and want of fortune, nothing could dissuade them from including me among the gentlemen and those waiting to be ransomed.
Some authorities think different, but mostly it's considered best to kill them -- except some that you bring to the cave here, and keep them till they're ransomed.
Without doubt, duke, since you are not yet ransomed, but have no care of that; it was I who took you out of M.