sal·​va·​tion | \sal-ˈvā-shən \

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 , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for salvation


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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Born into a poor family of tatami-mat makers, the legally blind Asahara drew thousands of followers into his sect, which prophesied an imminent Armageddon in which its followers would seize power and achieve salvation. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 But these are not simply—or only—family dramas; O’Connor turns each narrative into a simultaneously rollicking and searing parable about salvation, redemption, the power of grace and the mysterious workings of God. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 But the clergy and the congregation kept their focus on a message of resurrection, salvation, and peace. Cristela Guerra,, "Thousands gather for Castle Island sunrise Easter Mass," 1 Apr. 2018 According to the Bible, Jesus' death was a sacrifice for the sins of others, but his resurrection represents something even more powerful: the potential for rebirth, salvation, and renewal of faith., "This Is The Reason Why People Celebrate Easter," 27 Mar. 2018 For the summer of 2018, here are 11 cold, bubbly and refreshing paths to salvation. Josh Noel,, "11 easy-drinking, refreshing — and, yes, crushable — beers of summer," 6 June 2018 But allowing doubt to creep in, welcoming it, studying it, figuring out what to do with it, how to resolve it — that’s the real road to salvation. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Ethan Hawke is brilliant in Paul Schrader's 'First Reformed'," 24 May 2018 Cusk remains hopeful that being honest about pain can lead to salvation. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Rachel Cusk on Motherhood, Marriage and the Lived Truths Behind Kudos," 22 May 2018 Pompeo has not been shy about proclaiming his belief in Jesus as the only true path to salvation. Washington Post, "Mike Pompeo gets spiritual support from his home church in Kansas," 20 Apr. 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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The first known use of salvation was in the 13th century

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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 \

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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