Ransom

Definition of Ransom

Ran´som   Pronunciation: răn´sŭm
n.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.
Thy ransom paid, which man from death redeems.
- Milton.
His captivity in Austria, and the heavy ransom he paid for his liberty.
- Sir J. Davies.
3.(O. Eng. Law) 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.
Ransom bill
(Law) a war contract, valid by the law of nations, for the ransom of property captured at sea and its safe conduct into port.
- Kent.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Ransomed (-sŭmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ransoming.]
2.To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.
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.

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