1. [syn: redemption, salvation]
2. a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness;
- Example: "tourism was their economic salvation"
- Example: "they turned to individualism as their salvation"
3. the state of being saved or preserved from harm;
4. saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation;
- Example: "the salvation of his party was the president's major concern"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Salvation \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
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.
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from
evil [syn: redemption, salvation]
2: a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness; "tourism
was their economic salvation"; "they turned to individualism
as their salvation"
3: the state of being saved or preserved from harm
4: saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant
situation; "the salvation of his party was the president's
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "salvation":
adoption, circumcision, conservancy, conservation, conservationism,
conversion, deliverance, delivery, environmental conservation,
extrication, forest conservation, forest management, freeing,
keeping, liberation, lifesaving, maintenance, new birth, new life,
preserval, preservation, protection, ransom, rebirth, reclamation,
recovery, redeemedness, redemption, reformation, regeneration,
release, rescue, retrieval, safekeeping, salvage, saving,
second birth, soil conservation, spiritual purification,
stream conservation, support, sustentation, upkeep,
water conservation, wetlands conservation, wildlife conservation
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
This word is used of the deliverance of the Israelites from the
Egyptians (Ex. 14:13), and of deliverance generally from evil or
danger. In the New Testament it is specially used with reference
to the great deliverance from the guilt and the pollution of sin
wrought out by Jesus Christ, "the great salvation" (Heb. 2:3).
(See REDEMPTION; REGENERATION.)