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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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 the men in the Colombian safe house, the arrival of the muscular American felt like deliverance. Anchorage Daily News, "How an ex-Green Beret and a defecting general planned to capture Venezuela’s president," 11 May 2020 During later plagues, worshipers gathered to pray for deliverance, said Amina Elbendary, a professor of Arab and Islamic civilizations at the American University in Cairo. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "In Old Cairo, a Subdued Ramadan Looms as Virus Shutters the City," 20 Apr. 2020 The rabbi also pointed out that many Jewish scholars are discussing the parallels between the current outbreak and the upcoming holiday of Passover, which looks back on Israel's deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Fox News, "Rabbi on the 'Jewish response' to coronavirus: 'Is God doing this?'," 24 Mar. 2020 President Trump on Friday asked for people to pray for deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Trump calls for Good Friday prayers to heal the nation," 10 Apr. 2020 Make Space for Relief and Joy The same teenagers who feel deeply upset about missing school and their peers in one moment may express delight and deliverance in the next. Lisa Damour, New York Times, "Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters," 19 Mar. 2020 Four cups of wine, or grape juice, are consumed throughout the Seder, representing the four terms for deliverance used in Exodus 6:6-7. N'dea Yancey-bragg And Lauren Markoe, USA TODAY, "Seder on Zoom? Passover traditions change as the coronavirus spreads," 2 Apr. 2020 Mayors of many cities in states where days of prayer have not been proclaimed also called upon people of faith to ask for deliverance from the pandemic. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so do calls for days of prayer and fasting," 31 Mar. 2020 For most locals, attitudes toward the newcomers fall in the vast gray area between deliverance and destruction. Washington Post, "This German city had few foreigners. Then refugees changed it in some surprising ways.," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of deliverance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2020

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“Deliverance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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