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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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
Recent Examples on the Web For those who are fasting, iftar is a daily deliverance after the long hours of hunger and thirst. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 In some currents of Buddhism, humans alone have the potential for deliverance from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. John Gray, The New York Review of Books, 22 Mar. 2018 The tracks performed touch on such themes as faith, love, loss, and a longing for peace or deliverance, for change and renewal. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2022 Even sudden deliverance from Covid-19 and an economic spurt might not alter perceptions of a country in crisis, especially given the lack of a common national reality. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 Huling compared the moment to enslaved people in Confederate states gathering in churches on New Year’s Eve in 1862, praying for the deliverance of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 But through Morpheus' eyes, deliverance is possible. Jason Parham, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 Part of him almost seeks that deliverance of death to get out of this existence. David Marchese, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2021 The method is a breakthrough for vaccine deliverance. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deliverance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deliverance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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