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 salvational (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 Many times people get away from that, but people finding their way back to that, ultimately, there's a great possibility in terms of their own salvation and our collective good as well. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How to Get Away With Murder," 10 Apr. 2020 That transcendent faith offers us salvation and our holy joy. Bruce Sterling, Quartz, "Happy 50th anniversary of the Mars landing, Earthlings!," 22 July 2019 In the hot and sultry northwest corner of Louisiana, near the small town of Keithville, is Chimp Haven, 200 acres of salvation and a little bit of heaven for more than 250 chimpanzees. Rick Kogan,, "Lincoln Park Zoo partners with Chimp Haven — a place where chimps can get out of their lab cages and live free," 21 June 2018 Maybe sour cream and applesauce will be their only salvation. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Someone Else Can Make the Latkes—I’m Doing Rösti," 20 Dec. 2019 The spectres of these dead Guardians will ask for vengeance, cry out for salvation, or else just watch; shadows of your own character hanging dead in the sky, eyes down. Wired, "In Shadowkeep, Destiny 2 Is Ready to Kill the Past," 3 Oct. 2019 From afar, an object of yearning — a lover, salvation, relief from pain — floods the imagination with its perfections., "To make his billboards, Baclawski slices a giant photographic transparency into slivers that he wraps around tubular light bulbs. The Boston artist places the light bulbs side by side against a mirrored ground. Stand in front, and it’s an abstraction; stand at the end, and the image coheres.," 12 Sep. 2019 For many years, portrait commissions must have seemed a kind of salvation to Sargent. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "John Singer Sargent didn’t just paint the 1 percent. There was another, less-known side to his art.," 6 Mar. 2020 Whoever seeks, out of benevolence or privilege, to attenuate or abolish rebellion destroys any chance of salvation for himself. Jean Genet, Harper's magazine, "Minor Threats," 6 Jan. 2020

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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 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salvation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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