deliverance

noun
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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Synonyms for deliverance

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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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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 Many of the patriots, including Washington himself, attributed their deliverance to a kind of divine intervention. John Williams, New York Times, "Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Fresh Look at Benedict Arnold’s Treason," 24 June 2018 Most were heavily edited, and almost all professed pious gratitude for the gift of deliverance. Andrew Delbanco, WSJ, "Five Best: Andrew Delbanco on Books on Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War," 30 Nov. 2018 But Argentina’s deliverance could not be that simple, of course. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Amid Argentina’s Drama, Lionel Messi’s Brilliance Emerges," 26 June 2018 As recently as three weeks ago, Youssefi believed that his next round of chemotherapy - combined with meditation and positive thinking - would result in his deliverance from cancer. Ryan Lillis And Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Sacramento developer Ali Youssefi, instrumental in downtown resurgence, dies at age 35," 11 Mar. 2018 As recently as three weeks ago, Youssefi believed that his next round of chemotherapy - combined with meditation and positive thinking - would result in his deliverance from cancer. Ryan Lillis And Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Sacramento developer Ali Youssefi, instrumental in downtown resurgence, dies at age 35," 11 Mar. 2018 As recently as three weeks ago, Youssefi believed that his next round of chemotherapy - combined with meditation and positive thinking - would result in his deliverance from cancer. Ryan Lillis And Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Sacramento developer Ali Youssefi, instrumental in downtown resurgence, dies at age 35," 11 Mar. 2018 An early spring snowstorm brought a day of deliverance from tests and homework assignments for the District’s public school students. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "What does it take to call a school snow day? A lot of frantic emails.," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of deliverance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deliverance

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English Language Learners Definition of deliverance

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

deliverance

noun
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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