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Noun
The holding of a captive to be released in return for a payment
“It was he, who through his manipulation and deception, engineered the capture and ransom of my beloved daughter.”
Noun
A sum of money demanded or paid for the release of a captive
“He maintained that he had no money to pay the ransom demanded and that it was a case of mistaken identity.”
Noun
An animal, person, or object offered in the act of sacrifice
Noun
The action, treated as a criminal offence, of demanding money from someone in return for not revealing compromising information which one has about them
Noun
The action of being rescued or set free
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Noun
Payment made by one state or ruler to another, especially as a sign of dependence
Verb
To make a payment to secure the release of someone or something
“He repeatedly had to ransom prisoners taken in the course of Lombard raids, who would otherwise have been sold off as slaves.”
Verb
To free, or be freed, from captivity by paying a price
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“They would eventually ransom Sarah, who was subsequently delivered to the Sisters at La Chine.”
Verb
To hold (a captive) and demand a ransom for their release
“So some pirates now take hostages instead of ships or cargo, and ransom them for large sums of money.”
Verb
To rescue (a wrecked or disabled ship or its cargo) from loss at sea
Verb
Intimidating for money
Verb
To influence someone (usually dishonestly) in return for money
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