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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Som Baccam, a Democratic community leader who knew Ray well after coming to Iowa in 1975 as a refugee from Laos, said Ray is regarded as a savior by many in the state’s Southeast Asian community. Washington Post, "Former Iowa Gov. Ray’s legacy contrasts with modern GOP," 13 July 2018 That’s a bit too smug for my tastes, but perhaps a suitable marketing angle for an artist who has been lauded as the savior of jazz. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Heaven and Earth’ by Kamasi Washington Review: Musical Miracle Worker?," 20 June 2018 Now the roles are again reversed, with the GOP vilifying Comey and the Dems viewing him as a savior. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Comey book tour targeted after 'mob boss' attack on Trump," 13 Apr. 2018 After committing to Missouri in March 2017, reviving a dormant MU basketball program, Porter became the Tigers’ savior. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Inside Michael Porter Jr.’s long wait at the NBA Draft," 22 June 2018 Lopez Obrador, 64, sees his movement as changing the history of Mexico, touts himself as a savior of the poor and argues that corruption is the country's biggest problem. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "For Mexican presidential hopeful 'AMLO,' 3rd time a charm?," 5 June 2018 For a sprawling, multi-series franchise that feels older, dryer, and more wracked by scandal with every installment, Wills is the savior Bachelor Nation has been waiting for., "Can We Start The Wills Reid For Bachelor Campaign Right Now?," 10 July 2018 And perhaps the best example of all is 2018 bullpen savior Seranthony Dominguez. Bob Brookover,, "Want Manny Machado on the Phillies? Don't get attached to prospects | Bob Brookover," 6 July 2018 In February, Popovich — realizing that all of these false alarms were doing his team no good — suggested that the Spurs needed to play as though Leonard was not going to return, and as though they would not be rescued by some savior. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In Spurs’ saga, explanations remain elusive," 4 July 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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