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 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 Under Protestant theology, everyone was supposed to perform strenuous labor in a calling, but not for the sake of attaining salvation, which could only come through the grace of God. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Getting to Denmark," 30 Dec. 2020 But Wagner deprecated Christianity’s central project of salvation, believing that the promise of eternal life sapped human faith in a better life on earth. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, "Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera," 26 Dec. 2020 Surviving this holiday season will require another kind of salvation—the willingness to stay home and turn the disquiet of this year into peace on earth, good will toward men. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what’s screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2021," 15 Dec. 2020 Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Sundance Film Festival announces lineup for 2021 digital fest, including starry directorial debuts," 15 Dec. 2020 Fans of punk and emo will savor every last gut-ruining refrain though, as the group offers unadulterated catharsis with an eye on salvation and sweaty mosh pits. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "The 25 Best Rock Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 15 Dec. 2020 Rogan found solace in this notion of human salvation. David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020 There is no salvation in Celan’s poem, which reverses Hölderlin’s trope. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "How Paul Celan Reconceived Language for a Post-Holocaust World," 16 Nov. 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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Salvation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvation. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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salvation

noun
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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

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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