de·​liv·​er·​ance | \ di-ˈli-v(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce deliverance (audio) , dē-\

Definition of deliverance

1 : the act of delivering someone or something : the state of being delivered especially : liberation, rescue
2 : something delivered especially : an opinion or decision (such as the verdict of a jury) expressed publicly

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rescue, salvation

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Examples of deliverance in a Sentence

She prayed for deliverance as the famine got worse. looked to the European powers for deliverance from their country's cruel tyrant

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But how did white Northerners understand deliverance? Gregory Downs, Washington Post, "Why did the North fight the Civil War?," 14 June 2019 Sterling saw his believers huddled at its base, praying for his deliverance from solitary confinement and for him to be granted parole after more than three decades behind bars. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 But then there’s the satiny tenderness in her voice, the sense of real joy, the subtle hint of deliverance. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Lalah Hathaway, Clay Play and ‘Douglas’," 20 July 2019 The last 12 months included wrenching cutbacks, countless public apologies, last-ditch rescues and a dramatic deathbed decision that could prove the organization’s deliverance., "After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis," 7 July 2019 While Facebook portrays its crypto as digital deliverance for the world’s unbanked, the company has offered few answers to some of the most pressing concerns. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Russia is strangely calm about Facebook’s cryptocurrency," 4 July 2019 Our deliverance lies in synbio’s own Promethean labs. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "In the not-so-distant future, “synbio” could lead to global catastrophe—maybe," 18 June 2019 For some both in and out of government, the Trump presidency is a deliverance—or at least offers tantalizing promises of an audacious new conservative era in domestic and foreign policy. The New York Review of Books, "Jacob Heilbrunn," 21 Dec. 2017 Their deliverance came in the form of nine teenagers. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Toting power saws and peanut butter sandwiches, teens rehab run-down homes," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of deliverance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of deliverance

formal : the state of being saved from something dangerous or unpleasant


de·​liv·​er·​ance | \ di-ˈli-və-rəns How to pronounce deliverance (audio) , -ˈli-vrəns\

Kids Definition of deliverance

: a setting free

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concealment of treason or felony

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