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Monday, January 07, 2019

Definitions for salvific

  1. of or relating to redemptive power.

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Citations for salvific
The naming of the predicament of the self by art is its reversal. Hence, the salvific effect of art. Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos, 1983
“When you idealize financial markets as salvific you embrace the idea that profit is all that matters,” he said. Colin Moynihan, "Wall Street Protest Begins, with Demonstrators Blocked," New York Times, September 17, 2011
Origin of salvific
Salvific “having redemptive power, redeeming,” comes directly from Late Latin salvificus, formed from salvus “safe” and the combining form -ficus, a suffix for forming adjectives to denote making or causing, and derived from facere “to make.” Not only is salvificus Late Latin, it is specifically Christian Latin, coined and used by Christian authors of the late 4th century and still used exclusively in a Christian sense. Salvific entered English in the 16th century.