salvation

noun

sal·​va·​tion sal-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce salvation (audio)
1
a
: 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
3
a
: preservation from destruction or failure
b
: deliverance from danger or difficulty
salvational
sal-ˈvā-shnəl How to pronounce salvation (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
adjective

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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Word History

Etymology

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

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“Salvation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvation. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

salvation

noun
sal·​va·​tion sal-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce salvation (audio)
1
: the saving of a person from sin
2
: something that saves
3
: the saving from danger or evil

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