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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After all, the Catholic Church talks about God and the Bible and Jesus and the blood of Christ and salvation. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "A look at Robert Jeffress, the controversial figure giving the prayer at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem today," 14 May 2018 But a spot on a brig to North America was not sure salvation. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 Scientists, though, aren’t easy to stop—especially not when the end result of their quest could be some kind of cosmic salvation. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 Its salvation is the narrator’s sense of humor, which sparks and flares in the grimmest of circumstances. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 The ritual celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which speaks to Christianity’s most fundamental belief: The Lord has risen, defeating death and bringing salvation and eternal life to everyone who puts their faith in him. Morin Bishop, Woman's Day, "What’s an Easter Sunrise Service? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 22 Mar. 2019 If Jesus Christ was an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world, what level of human acceptance is required to ensure one's salvation? Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Chiwetel Ejiofor brings a preacher's doubts to life in the stirring 'Come Sunday'," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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