savior

noun
sav·​ior | \ ˈsāv-yər also -ˌyȯr How to pronounce savior (audio) \
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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Douglas started on her path as savior of the Everglades almost by accident. Joy Wallace Dickinson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas was savior of the Everglades," 11 Mar. 2018 The new format will be hailed by many as the savior of the dying All-Star Game, but there were at least two other larger factors at play. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "NBA’s annual playground game given a little more motivation," 18 Feb. 2018 Not even an uber prospect (or three) lower on the depth chart, a bungling offensive coordinator, a shaky left tackle or an unreliable running game can stunt their rise to All-America and future NFL franchise savior status. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "The Future of College Football's Five-Star QBs Turned Transfers," 24 May 2018 Several days later comes Holy Wednesday, which falls on April 17 this year, and this recognizes Judas Iscariot and his plot to double-cross the savior. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's How the Date of Easter Is Determined Each Year," 22 Feb. 2019 Next is Good Friday, when Christians recall the crucification of their savior. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Christian Holiday," 13 Feb. 2019 Even GoPro’s Karma program, an initiative that was dubbed a savior for the already turbulent company is dead. Vjeran Pavic, The Verge, "Parrot Anafi drone review: flying high, but falling short," 2 July 2018 Parsifal, then, seems less a savior than an exposer of the artificial persistence of an aging generation. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 Then, a savior emerged: LointerHome bought the property at 3390 Mary St. with plans to renovate and reopen. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "What happened to Bookstore in the Grove?," 12 June 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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savior

noun

English Language Learners Definition of savior

: someone who saves something or someone from danger, harm, failure, etc.
used by Christians to refer to Jesus Christ

savior

noun
sav·​ior
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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