Now in 2012, the Orwell prize committee has a chance to redeem itself.
If Kennedy displayed execrable judgment during the war, he did nothing to redeem it after the conflict had ended.
Oh, and thanks to that supply/demand equation, it is already getting harder to redeem frequent-flier miles.
early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.