sav·​ior | \ ˈsāv-yər also -ˌyȯr \
variants: or saviour

Definition of savior

1 : one that saves from danger or destruction
2 : one who brings salvation specifically, capitalized : jesus sense 1

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Examples of savior in a Sentence

We all felt that she was our savior. the policeman proved to be our savior, arriving on the scene just as we were about to be mugged

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Others see technology as a potential savior; numerous startups and new prefab companies have raised money to develop more efficient construction methods. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rising labor costs send the price of house construction skyward," 17 Dec. 2018 That never happened—because the team had Foles, who years ago was the team’s starter, then became a castoff and returned to become the improbable savior. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Eagles vs. Patriots: A Super Bowl (Preseason) Rematch," 15 Aug. 2018 But there’s no such explanation for his fellow rotation savior, Ross Stripling. Jon Tayler,, "The Dodgers Are Back in Contention Thanks to a Host of Unlikely Contributors," 5 June 2018 Getting rid of the man once considered its savior could be the final step in Nissan’s redemption. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "With Ghosn Gone, the Alliance He Built Could Crumble," 19 Nov. 2018 For Duckie Thot, who just became L'Oréal's newest ambassador, the brand's Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturizer, which she's been known to whip out of her purse on the spot, has been her personal savior. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Bombshell Beauty Lessons Straight From the Balmain Runway," 28 Sep. 2018 And just maybe, somebody’s going to come to know Jesus as their personal lord and savior. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Fishing for another ‘like’: At Easter, many Christians return to door-to-door methods.," 30 Mar. 2018 Iran’s economy, for instance, is too big for bitcoin to serve as savior. Fortune, "Bitcoin Can't Save the World's Autocrats From the Sanctions Squeeze," 16 Jan. 2018 May 4 at the Crest Theatre Fans of anointed country music saviors like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton will want to know the name (and give thanks to) Cody Jinks. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Catch some country, rock, blues and soul in Sacramento this weekend | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of savior

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for savior

Middle English saveour, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin salvator, from salvare to save

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English Language Learners Definition of savior

: someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure, etc.

Savior —used by Christians to refer to Jesus Christ


variants: or saviour \ ˈsāv-​yər \

Kids Definition of savior

1 : a person who saves someone or something from danger or harm
2 capitalized : jesus christ

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