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 Suning’s arrival had been greeted as Inter’s salvation: a chance, at last, to restore the team to the ranks of first Italy’s, and then Europe’s, elite, to give it the financial firepower to compete with the superclubs. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 To them, these technologies represent salvation from corporate power over the internet, government intrusions on liberty, poverty and virtually everything else that ails society. Kevin Werbach, The Conversation, 5 Aug. 2021 At its essence, Christianity is a belief in salvation, love, redemption, and forgiveness. Jack Fowler, National Review, 28 Apr. 2021 Jefferson had no use for original sin, or salvation by grace alone, or the insistence that Christ—or anyone else; stand down, Lazarus—had risen from the dead. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 The Deobandi brand of Islam adheres to orthodox Islamism insisting that the adherence to Sunni Islamic law, or sharia, is the path of salvation. Sohel Rana, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 Today, leaders of the three tribes view oil as their salvation and want to keep drilling before it’s depleted and the world moves past fossil fuels. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 24 June 2021 La Cristianita’s story set the unconscious template for how Californians treated and considered the state and especially people of color for more than two centuries — not as communities with agency, but wretches in need of salvation. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 After challenges that included losing her husband of 42 years and overcoming skin cancer, 72-year-old Deerfield Beach resident Angel Kinnsies found her salvation through first taking Zumba, then turning around and teaching classes to older people. Scott Luxor,, 29 July 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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17 Sep 2021

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“Salvation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of salvation

: 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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