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From Middle English savacioun, from Old French savaciun, salvaciun, from Latin salvatio.


  • IPA(key): /sælˈveɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


salvation (countable and uncountable, plural salvations)

  1. (religion) The process of being saved, the state of having been saved (from hell).
    Collective salvation is not possible without personal salvation, but the latter is achievable.
  2. 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.
    • 1964 May, “News and Comment: Minister hamstrings BR workshops”, in Modern Railways, page 291:
      If the Government believes that part of the railways' salvation is to be found in ridding them of extraneous concerns, it should have had the courage either to close the railway works down as quickly as possible, or to hive them off as an entirely separate concern, [...].


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salvation (third-person singular simple present salvations, present participle salvationing, simple past and past participle salvationed)

  1. (rare) To save, in the religious sense; to bring to salvation.