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 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, "The Black Nerds Redefining the Culture," 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, "Ethiopia’s coup attempt spells disaster for its democratic transition," 24 June 2019 That meaning gained will remain for the living to have, and can be salvific. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 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, "Earth to Senator Murphy: Politics Won’t Solve All of Our Problems," 28 July 2017

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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

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7 Apr 2021

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“Salvific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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