[ sal-vey-shuh n ]
/ sælˈveɪ ʃən /


the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
Theology. deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.

Origin of salvation

1175–1225; Middle English salvatio(u)n < Late Latin salvātiōn- (stem of salvātiō), equivalent to salvāt(us) (past participle of salvāre to save1; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English sa(u)vaciun, sauvacion < Old French sauvacion < Late Latin, as above
Related formssal·va·tion·al, adjectivenon·sal·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for salvation


/ (sælˈveɪʃən) /


the act of preserving or the state of being preserved from harm
a person or thing that is the means of preserving from harm
Christianity deliverance by redemption from the power of sin and from the penalties ensuing from it
Christian Science the realization that Life, Truth, and Love are supreme and that they can destroy such illusions as sin, death, etc
Derived Formssalvational, adjective

Word Origin for salvation

C13: from Old French sauvacion, from Late Latin salvātiō, from Latin salvātus saved, from salvāre to save 1
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Word Origin and History for salvation



c.1200, originally in the Christian sense, "the saving of the soul," from Old French salvaciun and directly from Late Latin salvationem (nominative salvatio, a Church Latin translation of Greek soteria), noun of action from past participle stem of salvare "to save" (see save (v.)). In general (non-religious) sense, attested from late 14c. Meaning "source of salvation" is from late 14c. Salvation Army is from 1878, founded by the Rev. William Booth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for salvation (1 of 2)


Being “saved” among Christians (see also Christian); salvation is freedom from the effects of the Fall of Man. This freedom comes through faith in Jesus, who is called in the New Testament “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” The Apostles taught that those who experience salvation in their lifetime on Earth and continue in their friendship with God will inherit eternal happiness in heaven.

Culture definitions for salvation (2 of 2)


In Christianity, union or friendship with God and deliverance from original sin (see also original sin) and damnation. Jesus promised salvation to his followers.

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