noun sal·va·tion \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
SALVATIONAL Defined for Kids


noun sal·va·tion \sal-ˈvā-shən\

Definition of SALVATION for Kids

:  the saving of a person from sin or evil
:  something that saves from danger or difficulty <The book was my salvation from boredom.>


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