from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.
- n. A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance.
- n. Christianity Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption.
- n. Christianity The agent or means that brings about such deliverance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of being saved, the state of having been saved (from hell).
- n. The process of being restored or made new for the purpose of becoming saved; the process of being rid of the old poor quality conditions and becoming improved.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of saving; preservation or deliverance from destruction, danger, or great calamity.
- n. The redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him of everlasting happiness.
- n. Saving power; that which saves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preservation from destruction, danger, or calamity; deliverance.
- n. In theology, deliverance from the power and penalty of sin.
- n. Source, cause, or means of preservation from some danger or evil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation
- n. a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
- n. (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
- n. the state of being saved or preserved from harm
Middle English savacioun, from Old French sauvacion, from Late Latin salvātiō, salvātiōn-, from salvātus, past participle of salvāre, to save; see salvage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)