sal·​va·​tion sal-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce salvation (audio)
: deliverance from the power and effects of sin
: the agent or means that effects salvation
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
: liberation from ignorance or illusion
: preservation from destruction or failure
: deliverance from danger or difficulty
sal-ˈvā-shnəl How to pronounce salvation (audio)

Example Sentences

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 Quite literally, Elliot conquers Satan and earns his salvation with his own strength. Vulture, 29 Dec. 2022 His salvation was an investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Innocence Commission – a group of experts working to revisit claims of wrongful conviction. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 6 Nov. 2022 More significantly, if life eternal is to know the only true God, as John 17:3 states, is their salvation at stake? The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 After her parents die in a fire, Lauren Olamina travels from a crippling Los Angeles with other refugees to the safety of the North while coming up with a plan for the salvation of the world. Robert English,, 17 Sep. 2022 More than 20 years into a murder sentence, Yevgeny Nuzhin saw his chance at salvation swoop in by helicopter. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 According to cult expert Rick Ross, the Leonard parents had been brainwashed over time and would have followed any instruction from Irwin, who claimed to be their only reliable path toward salvation. Chris Harris, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2022 The most direct route to textual salvation is to tell him to knock it off. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 29 Nov. 2022 Public land is the salvation and the opportunity for folks who aren’t wealthy, who simply want the experience of enjoying country that remains essentially untouched by commerce. Steve Meyer | Alaska Outdoors, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'salvation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near salvation

Cite this Entry

“Salvation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


sal·​va·​tion sal-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce salvation (audio)
: the saving of a person from sin
: something that saves
: the saving from danger or evil

More from Merriam-Webster on salvation

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?