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or saviour

[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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 saviour

chiefly British English spelling of savior (q.v.); for suffix, see -or.



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).

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saviour in the Bible

one who saves from any form or degree of evil. In its highest sense the word indicates the relation sustained by our Lord to his redeemed ones, he is their Saviour. The great message of the gospel is about salvation and the Saviour. It is the "gospel of salvation." Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ secures to the sinner a personal interest in the work of redemption. Salvation is redemption made effectual to the individual by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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