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The term ransom refers to the practice of holding a prisoner to extort money or property extorted to secure their release, or to the sum of money involved. Holding people for ransom has occurred throughout history. In 78 BC, pirates of modern-day Turkey captured Julius Caesar and held him on Pharmacusa until someone paid a fee for him.
Ransom is the name of several places in the United States:
- Ransom, Illinois
- Ransom, Kansas
- See also:
When ransom means the payment, the word comes via Old French ranšon from Latin redemptio = "buying back": compare "redemption".
When it is the surname, it comes from "Ranolf's son" or similar.
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