redemption

Redemption is the buying back of something. You might try for redemption by attempting to buy back a bike you sold, or you might attempt to buy back your soul after you steal someone else’s bike.

Redemption comes from the Latin word redimere, a combination of re(d)-, meaning “back,” and emere, meaning “buy.” Redemption is what some people claim happens to your soul when you're saved from evil forces. You might pray for redemption — to the tooth fairy, to Zeus, or to some other kind of invisible being — in the hopes that an all-powerful being can save your soul. Redemption can also refer to the repayment of a debt.

Definitions of redemption
  1. noun
    the act of purchasing back something previously sold
    synonyms: buyback, repurchase
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    purchase
    the acquisition of something for payment
  2. noun
    repayment of the principal amount of a debt or security at or before maturity (as when a corporation repurchases its own stock)
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    quittance, repayment
    payment of a debt or obligation
  3. noun
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
    synonyms: salvation
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    absolution, remission, remission of sin, remittal
    the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    conversion, rebirth, spiritual rebirth
    a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
    atonement, expiation, propitiation
    the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
    indulgence
    the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
    proselytism
    the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
    amends, reparation
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
    type of:
    deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
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