Definition and examples of word/phrase "Ransom"


Word

Ransom

Definition

1, The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration; redemption; as, prisoners hopeless of ransom.

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.

3, 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.

4, 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.

5, To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.

Word type

n.

Examples

1, Directed by Ron Howard. With Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte. When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the Ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

2, Ransom is the practice of holding a prisoner or item to extort money or property to secure their release, or it may refer to the sum of money involved.. When Ransom means "payment", the word comes via Old French rançon from Latin redemptio = "buying back": compare "redemption