Definitions for: Salvation


[n] (Christianity) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
[n] saving someone or something from harm of from an unpleasant situation; "the salvation of his party was the president's major concern"
[n] a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness; "tourism was their economic salvation"; "they turned to individualism as their salvation"
[n] the state of being saved or preserved from harm



Webster (1913) Definition: Sal*va"tion, n. [OE. salvacioun, sauvacion, F.
salvation, fr. L. salvatio, fr. salvare to save. See Save.]
1. The act of saving; preservation or deliverance from
destruction, danger, or great calamity.

2. (Theol.) The redemption of man from the bondage of sin and
liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him of
everlasting happiness.

To earn salvation for the sons of men. --Milton.

Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. --2.
Cor. vii. 10.

3. Saving power; that which saves.

Fear ye not; stand still, and see the salvation of
the Lord, which he will show to you to-day. --Ex.
xiv. 13.

Salvation Army, an organization for prosecuting the work of
Christian evangelization, especially among the degraded
populations of cities. It is virtually a new sect founded
in London in 1861 by William Booth. The evangelists, male
and female, have military titles according to rank, that
of the chief being ``General.'' They wear a uniform, and
in their phraseology and mode of work adopt a quasi
military style.

Synonyms: redemption

See Also: absolution, agency, atonement, conversion, deliverance, delivery, expiation, means, propitiation, rebirth, remission, remission of sin, remittal, rescue, safety, saving, spiritual rebirth, way

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