Complete Definition of "ransom"

English

Etymology
From the Middle English ransoun, from the Old French rançon, from the L. redemption-, redemptio- (see redemption). Entered English ca. the 13th century

Noun
ransom

  1. Money paid for the freeing of a hostage.

Translations

Czech: výkupné n
Danish: løsesum
Dutch: losgeld
Finnish: lunnaat p, lunnasraha
German: Lösegeld
Greek: λÏÏÏα [Ëlitra] n|p
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Hebrew: he-translation|××××|g"ûlah
Italian: riscatto m
Polish: okup m
Spanish: rescate m

Verb
to ransom

  1. (14c) To deliver, especially in context of sin or relevant penalties.
  2. To pay a price to set someone free from captivity or punishment.

Translations
trans-top|to pay a price to set someone free
Czech: vykoupit
Finnish: maksaa lunnaat, lunastaa vapaaksi
Greek: λÏÏÏÏÎ½Ï [liËtroÌnoÌ] (1), καÏÎ±Î²Î¬Î»Ï Î»ÏÏÏα [ËkataËvaloÌ Ëlitra] (2)
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Italian: pagare il riscatto
Portuguese: pagar o resgate
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References
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition 1997

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