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as in: its main redeeming quality is... Define
to make up for something bad; or to save
  • Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
  • It’s been a terrible season, but the team has a shot at redemption if they can beat their cross-town rival.

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  • The movie, Shawshank Redemption, depicts redemption in many ways. The injustice that permits the corrupt prison warden to thrive is made up when he is arrested. Andy’s escape from prison with the warden’s ill-gotten gains helps to make up for his false imprisonment. And Andy makes up for having failed his wife by helping others generally and in particular by saving Red.
  • We have torn ourselves from the truth which is our brother men, and there is no road back for us, and no redemption.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • But in the fourth quarter, I’d get my shot at redemption.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • For it’s so clear that in order to begin to live in the present we must first redeem the past, and that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • you may redeem your banish’d honours, and restore yourselves Into the good thoughts of the world again;
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Better it were a brother died at once
    Than that a sister, by redeeming him,
    Should die for ever.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
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as in: redeem the coupon Define
to exchange something such as a coupon or voucher for something of value
  • The coupon can be redeemed for a free candy bar.
  • Points earned with the credit card can be redeemed for free airline tickets and other products.

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  • The city imposed a three-year moratorium on the redemption of $1.6 billion in city short-term debt.
  • Shall our coffers, then, be emptied to redeem a traitor home?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • "So you believe in Christ the Redeemer?" the doctor said in a thick-tongued but oddly abstract voice, like that of a lecturer examining the delicately shaded facet of a proposition in logic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • If he possesses an unusual share of native energy, or the enervating magic of place do not operate too long upon him, his forfeited powers may be redeemable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I could go back and be his comforter — his pride; his redeemer from misery, perhaps from ruin.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Inside were two thick stacks of bonds, each embossed with the Vatican seal and the title PORTATORE, making the bonds redeemable to whoever was holding them.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • —Well, they’re still waiting for their redeemer, says Martin.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At the hour he’d always choose when the shadows were long and the ancient road was shaped before him in the rose and canted light like a dream of the past where the painted ponies and the riders of that lost nation came down out of the north with their faces chalked and their long hair plaited and each armed for war which was their life and the women and children and women with children at their breasts all of them pledged in blood and redeemable in blood only.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses

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  • First, I bequeath my soul into ye hands of God who made me, depending my salvation upon the account of Jesus Christ my redeemer.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • When each new speaker strikes a new light, emancipates us from the oppression of the last speaker to oppress us with the greatness and exclusiveness of his own thought, then yields us to another redeemer, we seem to recover our rights, to become men.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • The wing trails like a banner in defeat,
    No more to use the sky for ever but live with
    famine and pain a few days.
    He is strong and pain is worse to the strong
    incapacity is worse.
    No one but death the redeemer will humble that head,
    The intrepid readiness, the terrible eyes.
    Robinson Jeffers, Hurt Hawks
    Human beings say, "It never rains but it pours."
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • "But the strangest part of the story is," resumed the abbe, "that Dantes, even in his dying moments, swore by his crucified Redeemer, that he was utterly ignorant of the cause of his detention."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • . in the Redeemer.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Is it too much to ask that I meet my Redeemer with a healthy nose?
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • In winter and fall she carried it to AME’s and Baptists, Holinesses and Sanctifieds, the Church of the Redeemer and the Redeemed.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Yet who can speak the simple joy with which some of those poor outcasts, to whom life was a joyless journey to a dark unknown, heard of a compassionate Redeemer and a heavenly home?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Do you still say your prayers, Rodya, and believe in the mercy of our Creator and our Redeemer?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • You ought to be thanking your Redeemer he ain’t dead.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • —Yet even then, in that hour of supreme agony, Our Merciful Redeemer had pity for mankind.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Easy it may be seen that I intend Mercy colleague with justice, sending thee Man’s friend, his Mediator, his designed Both ransom and Redeemer voluntary, And destined Man himself to judge Man fallen.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The star had shown him where to find the God of the poor; and through humility, and sorrow, and forgiveness, he had gone to his Redeemer’s rest.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • It is the plaint of Lazarus when, at the sound of the Redeemer’s voice, he begins to open his eyes and see the light of day.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • And as to thy innocence, what art thou more innocent than thy blessed Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who suffered for thy offences, and to whose providence you ought to submit, let what will happen?’
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • (I am only sure of this: that man is never safe and damnation is ever at hand, O God and my Redeemer!) I sat there, one hand clenched upon my knee and the other holding an empty glass, and I felt that I could not breathe.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He is yours.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But if Grace Marks repent at last, And for her sins atone, Then when she comes to die, she’ll stand At her Redeemer’s throne.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • His Office As A Redeemer To the Office of a Redeemer, that is, of one that payeth the Ransome of Sin, (which Ransome is Death,) it appertaineth, that he was Sacrificed, and thereby bare upon his own head, and carryed away from us our iniquities, in such sort as God had required.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The good news, which the World Redeemer brings and which so many have been glad to hear, zealous to preach, but reluctant, apparently, to demonstrate, is that God is love, that He can be, and is to be, loved, and that all without exception are his children.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • "For," he was saying, as if he spoke of something that had happened yesterday in town, "when God sent his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord"-he slightly bowed his head"as a Redeemer to mankind, He "
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • Oh, place all your trust in the mediation of our Holy Redeemer!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • The Redeemer died for all, for the poor Indian as well as for the white man.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • CHAPTER 14 — Knowledge of the Redeemer.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It was to both their interests, but they ascribed it to a common love for their Redeemer.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • With two others, from far quarters of the earth, thou shalt see the Redeemer, and be a witness that he hath come.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Now have I done a good day’s work:— You peers, continue this united league: I every day expect an embassage From my Redeemer, to redeem me hence; And more at peace my soul shall part to heaven, Since I have made my friends at peace on earth.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The true cross of the Redeemer was the sin and sorrow of this world—that was what lay heavy on his heart—and that is the cross we shall share with him, that is the cup we must drink of with him, if we would have any part in that Divine Love which is one with his sorrow.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • At her Redeemer’s throne she’ll stand, And she’ll be cured of woe, And He her bloodied hands will wash, And she’ll be white as snow.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • We are to see the Redeemer—to speak to him—to worship him!
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • We . I hoped to bring knowledge of the Redeemer to those who do not have it.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But, now that we have met, and heard from each other, we may know him to be the Redeemer, not of the Jews alone, but of all the nations of the earth.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Listen to the language of the Redeemer: ’But I say unto you, love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.’
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • He bade us come hither, promising that we should find the Redeemer of the World; that we should see and worship him, and bear witness that he was come; and, as a sign, we were each given to see a star.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • 78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • —O, my dear little brethren in Christ Jesus, will we then offend that good Redeemer and provoke His anger?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It seemed to him then that the headmaster, with his black, straggling hair and his pale face, was like those prophets of Israel who feared not to take kings to task; and when he thought of the Redeemer he saw Him only with the same dark eyes and those wan cheeks.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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  • Like happy families, the myths and the worlds redeemed are all alike.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • When we wanted money, we walked along the roadside picking up beer cans and bottles that we redeemed for two cents each.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle

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  • That was when I knew that to redeem myself I must find the true king, and serve him loyally with all the strength that still remained me.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • From Charlie’s point of view, the adaptability redeemed them.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Did he think one flashy grin would redeem him?
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • In that moment, Henry altered something in my understanding of human potential, redemption, and hopefulness.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Every drop flayed his throat, but once it reached his stomach, there was a warmth that redeemed the pain.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He delighted to witness Hindley degrading himself past redemption; and became daily more notable for savage sullenness and ferocity.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • This soothing savage had redeemed it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I’ll so offend, to make offence a skill; Redeeming time, when men think least I will.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1

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  • Alas, sweet wife, my honour is at pawn; And, but my going, nothing can redeem it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • All his absent-mindedness and inability to enter a room and converse in it was, however, redeemed by his kindly, simple, and modest expression.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In that way only it seemed to me I could keep my hold on the redeeming facts of life.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • What redeems it is the idea only.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • When the fact dawned on him it nearly broke his heart, but now it seemed the redeeming feature of the case.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Therefore, for totally different reasons, her food was as poor as Mrs. Archer’s, and her wines did nothing to redeem it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The Rio Norte Line, when rebuilt, would redeem the rest.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • There’s always a redeeming feature.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Love is such a priceless treasure that you can redeem the whole world by it, and expiate not only your own sins but the sins of others.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Stettner tried to redeem himself.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The only way to redeem yourself is to enlist after you sell your boats.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It is redeemed from insignificance only by the contraction of her eyebrows into a near-sighted scowl.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Nevertheless, when our poet beheld quiet reestablished to some extent, he devised a stratagem which might have redeemed all.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • In winter and fall she carried it to AME’s and Baptists, Holinesses and Sanctifieds, the Church of the Redeemer and the Redeemed.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • I will give you one more chance to redeem your character.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • —Such another, Gurth, will redeem thy bondage, and make thee a brother as free of thy guild as the best.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Nevertheless, he found himself clinging to the hope of some reply as to his one last chance of redemption.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Is there nothing to redeem him?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • And he felt redeemed by his own loyalty to the woman he had repudiated five hours earlier.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Which of you will be mortal, to redeem Man’s mortal crime, and just the unjust to save?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • We call prophecies like these prophecies of redemption.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The purpose is not to be released from the cycle of rebirth, but to be redeemed from sin and blame.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Nothing is too doubtful to be of use to them as they seek to redeem their bodies from a lifetime of bad posture.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Jackson dies before Gamett, accused of cowardice, can clear his name and redeem his honor, the honor which no man who knows him has ever doubted.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Thwackum, on the contrary, maintained that the human mind, since the fall, was nothing but a sink of iniquity, till purified and redeemed by grace.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It peels back the shadows and redeems the dazed and rambling past.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Who is that intemperate and brutal man whom we would redeem?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "True," I said, hoping to redeem myself from whatever faux pas had drawn that strange look.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • I still think it would be a better story if either of them had one redeeming quality.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I want him to succeed, because it will mean we may all have a chance to redeem ourselves from our mistakes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He also slapped a ten down, which redeemed him a bit but not much.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • It was a bargain: you made an admission, you got redemption in return.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • And even if I’d been instrumental in ruining his life, now—as a priest—it was my job to redeem him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • His redeeming quality is a love of animals, though, indeed, he has such curious turns in it that I sometimes imagine he is only abnormally cruel.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • When was redeemed that great shame of my nation, the shame of Cassova, when the flags of the Wallach and the Magyar went down beneath the Crescent?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I’ve always hated it in movies and plays, the woman who is ripped open by violence and then asked to parcel out redemption for the rest of her life.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • It had all the elements of a true redemption story, not unlike the story of Jesus that she knew so well.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • 5:20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
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