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[seyv-yer] /ˈseɪv yər/
a person who saves, rescues, or delivers:
the savior of the country.
(initial capital letter) a title of God, especially of Christ.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. an epithet of Artemis.
Also, saviour.
Origin of savior
1250-1300; Middle English saveour, sauveur < Old French sauvëour < Late Latin salvātor, equivalent to Latin salvā(re) to save1 + -tor -tor
Related forms
saviorhood, saviorship, noun
undersavior, noun
Can be confused
savior, savor, savory.
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for savior
  • In doing so he took upon himself the task of playing the part of the savior of the ring.
  • Minder had cast me as the enemy of first-year composition and himself as the savior of the program.
  • Change is often viewed not as a savior but as a threat.
  • The sound of those flapping backpacks may herald the arrival of that savior.
  • Bond is a reluctant savior, if he turns out to be a savior at all.
  • Yes please let's stop perpetuating the idea that librarianship will be the savior of academics looking for work.
  • Nuclear power, once among environmentalists' chief enemies, is now being touted as an environmental savior in a warming world.
  • For long it was touted as the savior for all the ills of the industry, without defining what it stands for.
  • Principal reductions have been touted as the savior of the foreclosure crisis.
  • He is, at this point, a savior for people who badly need one.
British Dictionary definitions for savior


a person who rescues another person or a thing from danger or harm
Word Origin
C13 saveour, from Old French, from Church Latin Salvātor the Saviour; see save1


(Christianity) Jesus Christ regarded as the saviour of men from sin
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Word Origin and History for savior

c.1300, "one who delivers or rescues from peril," also a title of Jesus Christ, from Old French sauveour, from Late Latin salvatorem (nominative salvator) "a saver, preserver" (cf. Spanish salvador, Italian salvatore), from salvatus, past participle of salvare "to save" (see save (v.)). In Christian sense, a translation of Greek soter "savior." Replaced Old English hælend, literally "healing," noun use of present participle of hælan (see heal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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