sal·​va·​tion | \ sal-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce salvation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce salvation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The search for climate salvation begins in northwestern Australia, in the rolling hills of the Pilbara, a region bigger than California that produces a third of the world’s iron ore. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 The series of more than a dozen books by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson features characters looking both back in time (at sins of the past) and forward (at apocalyptic dangers and prophesied salvation). Christian Holub,, 8 Oct. 2021 When an ethereal visitor arrives, the once-lone traveler discovers the joy in building a new life and realizes the universe has delivered astonishing salvation. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 Water, for many, expresses spiritual decontamination, salvation, self-care, and survival. Shamira Ibrahi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 Green is also a color closely linked to paradise, salvation and eternal life in Islam, the religion practiced by the Mughal rulers. CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Known for their buttery-soft leggings, the infamous multilevel-marketing company went viral promising young mothers a work-from-home salvation. Christopher Ros, Glamour, 12 Sep. 2021 This isn’t the first time in the last decade that someone has hyped a new source of the Longhorns’ supposed salvation, and pretty much every previous incarnation has fallen flat on its face. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Oct. 2021 When the New Isis closed in 1988, the theater was already showing signs of disrepair and seemed beyond salvation, destined to eventually become nothing more than a collection of memories. Steven Lindsey, Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of salvation was in the 13th century

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23 Oct 2021

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“Salvation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of salvation

: 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 How to pronounce salvation (audio) \

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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