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


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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Iacocca had now turned the auto industry upside down three times in his career: first with the Ford Mustang in 1964, next with the salvation of Chrysler and then with the minivan. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 When her story is told in much greater detail, the words which describe her success include redemption, education, rehabilitation, salvation, mercy and freedom. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Cyntoia Brown Speaks Out Ahead Of Her Release," 6 Aug. 2019 As the Jewish scholar Moshe Goshen-Gottstein put it, where Christians see the Bible as a story about God, humanity and salvation, Jews read it as being about God, people and land. John Barton, Time, "Judaism and Christianity Both Rely on the Hebrew Bible. Why Do They Interpret It So Differently?," 14 June 2019 But what these researchers have found is that flexibility is no longer enough for salvation. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Many Animals Can’t Adapt Fast Enough to Climate Change," 23 July 2019 Merritt equated Indianapolis' crime problems — the city has set new records for criminal homicides in each of the past four years — to the need for religious salvation. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Merritt's public safety plan includes more police, a helicopter and trading guns for laptops," 27 June 2019 In the new video (out today), Blanco, as Joan, is seen being held in a prison, praying for salvation before being brought before a tribunal. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Mykki Blanco Explains 'Surreal' Experience of Working With Madonna on 'Dark Ballet' Video," 7 June 2019 But is also highlighted how a love of music and songwriting has been her salvation. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘America’s Got Talent’: Did Danville teen impress the judges?," 16 July 2019 This sleek bassinet by Happiest Baby may just be new parents’ salvation. Tara Paniogue,, "Stylish life hacks for new parents," 11 July 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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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 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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