salvation

noun
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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Other Words from salvation

salvational \ sal-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce salvational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for salvation

Synonyms

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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The Lotus Sutra, a popular Buddhist scripture, promised salvation to those who ritually read it, heard it or wrote it out. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, "The Legacy of a Japanese Classic," 22 Feb. 2019 That our salvation will come in the form of culture and handbooks, not gadgets or more secure voting infrastructure, can seem underwhelming. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 And this man's salvation comes through a huge amount self-examination. Joy Press, HWD, "Patrick Melrose: How Benedict Cumberbatch Climbed Inside His Favorite Antihero," 5 June 2018 In the end, my salvation came from the same psychiatrist who had overseen my care at St. Mary’s. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "4 Hospitalizations, 3 Diagnoses, 2 Scared Parents and 1 Very Sad Woman," 14 May 2018 Osama bin Laden and his ilk have perverted a peaceful religion, devoting it not to the salvation of souls but to the destruction of bodies. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 Even if a faith group sincerely believes human sacrifice is essential for salvation, the state is obligated to forbid this practice and punish anyone who seeks to engage in it. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Freedom of Belief Bridges America’s Divides," 11 Dec. 2018 The van took Offred not to her death or her salvation, but to a trick, a brainchild of Aunt Lydia's (who is becoming more of a cartoon villain scene by scene) to punish the handmaids for refusing to stone Janine to death. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 premiere recap: Escape the pain," 25 Apr. 2018 Newcastle, who have won only twice in their last 16 Premier League games, sit 16th in the table with a favourable goal difference being their only salvation from being in the bottom three. SI.com, "Newcastle Boss Rafa Benitez Sees Himself Still Managing at the Ripe Old Age of 70," 4 Feb. 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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salvation

noun

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

salvation

noun
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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