deliverance

noun

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deliverance was in the 14th century

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“Deliverance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliverance. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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deliverance

noun
de·​liv·​er·​ance di-ˈliv-(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce deliverance (audio)
1
: an act of delivering or the state of being delivered
especially : salvation sense 3, rescue
deliverance from the hands of the enemy
2
: something delivered or communicated
especially : a publicly expressed opinion or decision

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