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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Now, as Declan Walsh of the New York Times reported, Hamdan is trying to present himself as a savior. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The warlord wrecking Sudan’s revolution," 18 June 2019 Now some are starting to view Amazon as a potential savior. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Amazon, Long Seen as a Threat to Malls, Is Now a Hot Tenant," 5 Mar. 2019 There is one God and one savior, and it’s You, and Your name is Jesus., "Trump stops at church, former Birmingham pastor prays for him," 3 June 2019 Once hailed as the franchise savior, Ackley returns on the bottom rung of the clubhouse hierarchy – a non-roster invitee with almost no chance to make the roster. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m in a way better spot’: Back with Mariners on minor-league deal, Dustin Ackley is hopeful, and realistic," 20 Feb. 2019 Called the AvoSeedo, this tiny plastic contraption will be your growing baby avo tree's savior. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Amazon is Selling an Avocado Tree Growing Kit For Just $24," 29 May 2019 In addition, both companies faced increased competition from Chinese giants Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. Ericsson last week reported its first profit in nine quarters, and Nokia’s latest financial report suggests 5G may yet be a savior. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Nokia to Cut Thousands of Jobs Amid Shift to 5G," 25 Oct. 2018 My Learned Necessity: $12 No Mo-Stache ($12) is a savior. Erin Gibson, Glamour, "I Tossed $2,500 Worth of Makeup and Started Over With All Women-Owned Brands," 25 Sep. 2018 Remember the days when your lord and savior Netflix was nothing more than a mail-order DVD service that sent movies directly to your house? Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "You’re Probably Paying Way Too Much Money for Your Netflix Account," 10 Jan. 2019

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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.
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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