- Ransom is defined as the act of holding someone or something hostage in order to get a demand met, or the money paid to get the item or person back.
An example of ransom is the money paid to a kidnapper to get a kidnapped child back.
- To ransom is to obtain the release of someone or something that has been held hostage by paying a price.
An example of ransom is to regain custody of a child from a kidnapper by paying the money which the kidnapper has been demanding for the child's release.
ransom definition by Webster's New World
- the redeeming or release of a captive or of seized property by paying money or complying with other demands
- the price thus paid or demanded
- deliverance from sin; redemption
Origin: Middle English raunson ; from Old French raençon ; from Classical Latin redemptio, redemption
- to obtain the release of (a captive or property) by paying the demanded price
- Now Rare to release after such payment
- to deliver from sin; redeem
- ransomer noun
ransom definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- A redemption from sin and its consequences.
- a. To obtain the release of by paying a certain price.b. To release after receiving such a payment.
- To deliver from sin and its consequences.
Origin: Middle English ransome, from Old French rançon, from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, a buying back; see redemption.
- ranˈsom·er noun
, John Crowe 1888-1974.
ransom - Legal Definition