An example of ransom is the money paid to a kidnapper to get a kidnapped child back.
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.
Prisoners hopeless of ransom.
Such lands as he had rule of he ransomed them so grievously, and would tax the men two or three times in a year. "” Berners.
Origin of ransom
- Middle English ransome from Old French rançon from Latin redēmptiō redēmptiōn- a buying back redemption
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the Middle English ransoun, from the Old French rançon, from stem of Latin redemptio. (See redemption.) Entered English ca. the 13th century