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 Passover is a weeklong Jewish commemoration of the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix area's Jewish community bands together to help those in isolation celebrate Passover," 26 Mar. 2021 This year, the whole family will get together to mark the Jewish feast of liberation and deliverance from the pandemic. Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, "Passover in Israel: Celebrating pandemic progress and freedom," 28 Mar. 2021 Some say Jews of Color have special reason to commemorate deliverance — particularly in the U.S., where minorities have historically had to struggle for equal treatment. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "Passover accentuates themes of deliverance for Baltimore’s Jews of color," 26 Mar. 2021 The Haggada brought back memories from Durchslag’s boyhood in Logan Square, when his mother would cook for days in preparation for the Jewish holiday commemorating deliverance from slavery in ancient Egypt. Nara Schoenberg,, "Chicagoan Stephen Durchslag has assembled more than 4,500 Passover texts — likely the world’s largest private collection — in his North Side apartment: ‘It’s a project of a lifetime.’," 25 Mar. 2021 During the seven or eight-day festival, all leaven, in bread or otherwise, is prohibited, and only matzo — unleavened bread — may be eaten, which symbolizes Hebrew suffering while in slavery and their ensuing deliverance and exodus. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "Ahead of Passover, these Louisvillians explain why they converted to Judaism later in life," 25 Mar. 2021 At his annual address on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom assured Californians that their deliverance from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic is within sight. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Relief and hope," 13 Mar. 2021 Frisell now included — to sing together for our deliverance. New York Times, "A Celebration of Sex in a Year of Deprivation," 10 Mar. 2021 At this point in the pandemic, with deliverance in sight for so many people, the vagueness can justifiably be maddening. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "We Already Know How Vaccinated People Should Behave," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of deliverance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Apr 2021

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“Deliverance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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