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

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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 Bradford and the other Puritans who arrived in Massachusetts often wrote about their experience through the lens of suffering and salvation. Peter C. Mancall, CNN, "Pilgrims survived the first Thanksgiving thanks to an epidemic that devastated Native Americans," 25 Nov. 2019 The cable cars still swing dangerously, like demented beetles, about the hilltops—those hilltops that will always prove San Francisco’s salvation. Lillian Symes, Harper's magazine, "San Francisco Blues," 25 Nov. 2019 The best recourse when discovering that T.I. types are unreachable is to work out personal salvation. Armond White, National Review, "Kanye West’s Faith Triumphs Over Political Bitterness," 30 Oct. 2019 Jacksonville quickly embraced Foles, with his tight spiral and quiet determination, but that salvation in Florida only lasted a few minutes into the Jaguars’ first game. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "The Magic of Gardner Minshew," 25 Sep. 2019 The visual clichés of damnation and salvation: the black-and-tan dive, the sociality of neighbors across the color line, hanging out on the stoop, marrying outside the race, or the model tenement occupied by a monochromatic family of the same race. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 The original Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, which appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 1976 and was hailed as fashion salvation for working women, was priced at about $75. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The Troubling Ethics of Fashion in the Age of Climate Change," 18 Nov. 2019 For the region’s governments, the dams are supposed to deliver economic salvation by bringing hundreds of them to the lower Mekong and its tributaries, along with accompanying infrastructure. New York Times, "‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong," 12 Oct. 2019 With incentives to protect, these local guardians may be the rhinos’ salvation. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned in the Trenches of a Rhino Translocation," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Salvation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvation?src=search-dict-box. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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salvation

noun
How to pronounce salvation (audio)

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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