sal·va·tion | \ sal-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of salvation 

1a : deliverance from the power and effects of sin

b : the agent or means that effects salvation

c Christian Science : the realization of the supremacy of infinite Mind over all bringing with it the destruction of the illusion of sin, sickness, and death

2 : liberation from ignorance or illusion

3a : preservation from destruction or failure

b : deliverance from danger or difficulty

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salvational \sal-ˈvā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for salvation


deliverance, rescue

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Examples of salvation in a Sentence

Tourism has been the salvation of the island. we spent the night in the cellar praying for salvation from the tornadoes

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Canonical penalties are there in place to heal, and therefore, for the salvation of these people’s souls. Daniel Blue Tyx, Washington Post, "U.S. Catholic bishops to minister to children in border detention centers," 2 July 2018 Into the play’s complex stew Wilson stirs police bias and brutality, frustrating bureaucracy, myths and angels, poverty, criminal activity, sudden violence, humor and the temporary salvation of reconnecting with a soulmate. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "'Seven Guitars' a riveting revival of August Wilson's take on black life in the 20th century," 12 June 2018 With employees in short supply and critical foreign-worker visas harder to come by than ever, Evans and others turned their eyes more than 1,600 miles south in hopes of salvation. Katie Johnston,, "Cape employers look to Puerto Rico for seasonal staff," 24 May 2018 Illinois is going to grasp at this Supreme Court ruling, and sell it as the salvation to our money woes. Randy Blaser,, "Illinois has lost the bet for our future, and now might have to sell off Lincoln memorabilia to cover the debt," 16 May 2018 But after his State of State speech, Kasich might run as a Transcendentalist or seek to become the next Billy Graham to pray for the salvation of the Republican party from Trump. Jeff Darcy,, "Trump steel tariffs are corrosive: Darcy cartoon," 11 Mar. 2018 In Path to Redemption, a vengeful Zamperini is shown descending deeper and deeper into despair and on the brink of divorce before his wife, Cynthia, turns to God and prays for her husband's salvation. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Unbroken: Path to Redemption' Gets Fall Release Date," 23 Mar. 2018 According to Young, their eternal salvation and advancement in the hierarchy of the church and in the eternities was cut off. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Nicklen co-founded a nonprofit photography alliance called Sea Legacy, which fights for a number of ocean environmental issues, including the salvation of wild fish populations. Ahalya Srikant, WIRED, "Photo of the Week: Taking to the Sky to End Open-Water Salmon Farms," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of salvation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for salvation

Middle English salvacion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin salvation-, salvatio, from salvare to save — more at save

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English Language Learners Definition of salvation

in Christianity : the act of saving someone from sin or evil : the state of being saved from sin or evil

: something that saves someone or something from danger or a difficult situation


sal·va·tion | \ sal-ˈvā-shən \

Kids Definition of salvation

1 : the saving of a person from sin or evil

2 : something that saves from danger or difficulty The book was my salvation from boredom.

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to make amends

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