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[dih-liv-er-uh ns]
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  1. an act or instance of delivering.
  2. salvation.
  3. liberation.
  4. a thought or judgment expressed; a formal or authoritative pronouncement.
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Origin of deliverance

1250–1300; Middle English deliveraunce < Old French delivrance, equivalent to delivr(er) to deliver + -ance -ance
Related formsnon·de·liv·er·ance, noun
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  1. a formal pronouncement or expression of opinion
  2. rescue from moral corruption or evil; salvation
  3. another word for delivery (def. 3), delivery (def. 4), delivery (def. 5)
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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.

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