Definition of deliverance in English:



  • 1mass noun The action of being rescued or set free.

    ‘prayers for deliverance’
    • ‘Commentators on this psalm agree that only such a person can hope to receive an answer to their prayer of deliverance from enemies.’
    • ‘They were praying for death for deliverance from pathetic existence.’
    • ‘In Psalm 27, we are treated again to the language of light, salvation, and deliverance from enemies in the form of confession and petition.’
    • ‘He ministered in mercy to the suffering, ministered healing to the incurable, ministered deliverance to those in bondage, ministered forgiveness to the fallen!’
    • ‘Everyone waits for deliverance that never comes.’
    • ‘As you led everyone in a prayer for deliverance from any curse over their lives, I felt a definite sense of release from bondage.’
    • ‘The key is that we look to God for salvation and deliverance, which may be in this world, but if not, then in the judgement to come.’
    • ‘After the first diaries, which deal with years of persecution and suffering, one expects this one to be a chronicle of deliverance.’
    • ‘From there, still an alcoholic, he travelled to South Africa, still looking for deliverance.’
    • ‘This is a key word, a ‘dramatic metaphor’ which includes deliverance from slavery, and being set free at the payment of a price.’
    • ‘Although the person feels free, he often needs much more deliverance.’
    • ‘Biblically, salvation means deliverance; the question is, ‘Deliverance from what?’’
    • ‘We give thanks at this hour that this deliverance, in fact, took place.’
    • ‘When catastrophe threatened, they turned to God for deliverance.’
    • ‘The aim of deliverance must continue to apply methods and paths of salvation.’
    • ‘For centuries, Italians had turned to the Virgin Mary in times of individual or collective trouble to ask for salvation or deliverance.’
    • ‘Afraid he had not sacrificed in the proscribed manner, he squeezed his eyes shut and called out a prayer to God for deliverance.’
    • ‘All I know is that we said prayers of deliverance and kept our mouths shut when arguments began as to whether the bombs needed to be dropped or not.’
    • ‘Such structures can be read as dramas of redemption, of deliverance from the chaotic environment of an unreasoning nature.’
    • ‘Or, just perhaps, the prayers of the faithful for deliverance from ungodly rule are at last being heard.’
    liberation, release, freeing, rescue, delivery, discharge, ransom, emancipation
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  • 2A formal or authoritative utterance.

    ‘the low drawl he employed for such deliverances’
    • ‘It is not as though there is a ‘real’ private voice somewhere inside us which gives us infallible deliverances which are right.’
    • ‘Although there was a fake formality to the deliverance of Cameron's lines, Kate still believed them to be sincere.’
    • ‘Instead it gets bogged down in motions and amendments, addendums and deliverances, overtures and the like.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it was a faith of pure practical reason, securely founded in the authoritative deliverances of the moral consciousness, that he sought to legitimize; nothing less would do.’
    • ‘What substance this is can be inferred from the deliverances of the active faculty, namely the ideas in my imagination.’
    • ‘We adopt a double standard: we subject religious doctrines to rigorous scrutiny that we would not dream of imposing on the deliverances of science and common sense.’
    • ‘The Commissioners discuss the affairs of the church over a full seven days of debates which lead to deliverances, which set out the Kirk's policies.’
    • ‘Song thus contains both words and music, but speech performance is also more than just a neutral deliverance of verbal semantics.’
    utterance, statement, announcement, pronouncement, declaration, proclamation
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Middle English: from Old French delivrance, from the verb delivrer (see deliver).