salvific

adjective
sal·​vif·​ic | \ sal-ˈvi-fik How to pronounce salvific (audio) \

Definition of salvific

: having the intent or power to save or redeem the salvific life and death of Christ— E. A. Walsh

Examples of salvific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Whitehead literalized the metaphor, and Jenkins corroborates that pomposity, neglecting black spirituality, blunting any poetic, salvific beauty of liberation. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 By depicting this historical atrocity and recasting it within a salvific Black narrative, with Black heroes ready to fight, these stories offer a way, much like the blues, to transcend pain not by evading it but by making it into art. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Yet those salvific moves haven’t eased the ethnic tension, economic challenges, and institutional corruption that has bedeviled the nation. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, 24 June 2019 That meaning gained will remain for the living to have, and can be salvific. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, 10 Apr. 2019 Unfortunately, Senator Murphy’s belief in the cleansing, salvific power of the state is not at all foreign to American politics — not even close. Elliot Kaufman, National Review, 28 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'salvific.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of salvific

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salvific

Late Latin salvificus, from Latin salvus safe + -ficus -fic

Learn More About salvific

Time Traveler for salvific

Time Traveler

The first known use of salvific was in 1591

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near salvific

salvianin

salvific

Salvinia

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for salvific

Cite this Entry

“Salvific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvific. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!