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 calendar is their salvation, of course; the Yankees have not even played 10 percent of their 162-game schedule. New York Times, "Fans Wait on Yankees to Show Up, but One Player Won’t Be Back," 18 Apr. 2021 Despite dire warnings in March and April of 2020, when the shutdown’s duration was anyone’s guess and the prospects for knights with shining bank accounts were bleak, many theater companies found salvation in donations and government aid. Washington Post, "As hopes rise for a return to the stage later this year, D.C.-area theaters sing: We’re still here!," 17 Apr. 2021 Around the world, Christians celebrated Christ’s resurrection and the promise of their own salvation. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: After a pandemic year, Easter's rituals of renewal were more important than ever," 6 Apr. 2021 Netanyahu's critics, who included his coalition partner Gantz, suspected the Prime Minister had never intended the current government to last long, and by now the Israeli leader could see his political salvation coming just around the corner. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Netanyahu credits himself with bringing Israel 'back to life.' Now he hopes his Covid-19 campaign will save his political future," 22 Mar. 2021 Political and racial unrest that dominated the news didn’t help, and church services — often her salvation — were suspended. Lindsey Tanner, Chron, "Survivors struggle as scientists race to solve COVID mystery," 14 Mar. 2021 Political and racial unrest that dominated the news didn’t help, and church services — often her salvation — were suspended. Lindsey Tanner,, "Long-haulers struggle with lingering or new symptoms as scientists race to solve a coronavirus mystery," 14 Mar. 2021 Pricked by the masked vices of Rage, Depression, and Anxiety, shamed by the veiled virtues of Empathy, Mindfulness, and Reason, the players have no chance at salvation. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "The Repressive Politics of Emotional Intelligence," 12 Apr. 2021 The local business leader might not have seemed like such a salvation a quarter century ago, before Craigslist, Google and Facebook began divvying up newspapers’ fat ad revenues. New York Times, "Why Buy a Yacht When You Can Buy a Newspaper?," 10 Apr. 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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8 May 2021

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“Salvation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 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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