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deliverance

[dih-liv-er-uh ns] /dɪˈlɪv ər əns/
noun
1.
an act or instance of delivering.
2.
4.
a thought or judgment expressed; a formal or authoritative pronouncement.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English deliveraunce < Old French delivrance, equivalent to delivr(er) to deliver + -ance -ance
Related forms
nondeliverance, noun
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Examples from the web for deliverance
  • However, the noun deliverance reflects only the second of these meanings.
  • It is an astonishing account of hardship and deliverance by education.
  • And it doesn't help that deliverance has a way of eluding them.
  • Sane-minded missionaries tell me of even more dramatic healings and deliverance from demons in third-world countries.
  • Speed away my charmer-this is the moment of your deliverance-if you neglect this opportunity you never can have such another.
  • The hospital bed with its thick mattress was a deliverance.
British Dictionary definitions for deliverance

deliverance

/dɪˈlɪvərəns/
noun
1.
a formal pronouncement or expression of opinion
2.
rescue from moral corruption or evil; salvation
3.
another word for delivery (sense 3), delivery (sense 4), delivery (sense 5)
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Word Origin and History for deliverance
n.

c.1300, "action of setting free" in physical or spiritual senses, from Old French deliverance (12c.), from délivrer (see deliver). Formerly also with senses now restricted to delivery.

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