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[dih-liv-er-uh ns] /dɪˈlɪv ər əns/
an act or instance of delivering.
a thought or judgment expressed; a formal or authoritative pronouncement.
Origin of deliverance
1250-1300; Middle English deliveraunce < Old French delivrance, equivalent to delivr(er) to deliver + -ance -ance
Related forms
nondeliverance, noun Unabridged
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  • It is clear that in this passage it is used for deliverance.

    Multiplied Blessings Edward Hoare
  • I am truly thankful for my deliverance, and for my blessings.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Sadly suggestive must have seemed the names of the two vessels that appeared upon that awful scene—Patience and deliverance.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • I knew all this, and no longer speculated upon the probabilities of deliverance.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Meanwhile, Adrien, all unconscious of his deliverance from further disturbance, pursued his way to the theatre.

    Adrien Leroy Charles Garvice
British Dictionary definitions for deliverance


a formal pronouncement or expression of opinion
rescue from moral corruption or evil; salvation
another word for delivery (sense 3), delivery (sense 4), delivery (sense 5)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deliverance

c.1300, "action of setting free" in physical or spiritual senses, from Old French deliverance (12c.), from délivrer (see deliver). Formerly also with senses now restricted to delivery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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