noun \sal-ˈvā-shən\

in Christianity : the act of saving someone from sin or evil : the state of being saved from sin or evil

: something that saves someone or something from danger or a difficult situation

Full Definition of SALVATION

a :  deliverance from the power and effects of sin
b :  the agent or means that effects salvation
c Christian Science :  the realization of the supremacy of infinite Mind over all bringing with it the destruction of the illusion of sin, sickness, and death
:  liberation from ignorance or illusion
a :  preservation from destruction or failure
b :  deliverance from danger or difficulty
sal·va·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of SALVATION

  1. Tourism has been the salvation of the island.
  2. <we spent the night in the cellar praying for salvation from the tornadoes>


Middle English salvacion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin salvation-, salvatio, from salvare to save — more at save
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In religion, deliverance from fundamentally negative conditions, such as suffering, evil, death, or samsara, or the restoration or elevation of the natural world to a higher, better state. Eastern religions tend to stress self-help through individual discipline and practice, sometimes over the course of many lifetimes, though in Mahayana Buddhism bodhisattvas and certain buddhas may act as intervening divine agents. In Christianity, Jesus is the source of salvation and faith in his saving power is stressed. Islam emphasizes submission to God. Judaism posits collective salvation for the people of Israel.


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