ransom

early 14c., from ransom (n.). Related: Ransomed; ransoming.

ransom (n.)

c. 1200, "sum paid for the release of a prisoner or captured man," from Old French ranson (Modern French rançon), earlier raenson "ransom, redemption," from Latin redemptionem (nominative redemptio) "a redeeming," from redimere (see redeem).

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