Definition of saviour in English:


(US savior)


  • 1A person who saves someone or something from danger or difficulty.

    ‘politicians of the era usually portray themselves as the nation's saviours’
    • ‘The beginning of the new millennium brings renewed hope and new saviours.’
    • ‘Well, there's one thing: rock and roll doesn't need saviours as much as it needs a good set of bodyguards.’
    • ‘They've also been called the saviours of rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘But if the script isn't entirely brilliant - and it isn't - the true saviours of this film are the two stars themselves.’
    • ‘If we do not act now, instead of being saviours, we will be the perpetrators of the world's worst holocaust.’
    • ‘I mean, you are touted as the saviours of dance music.’
    • ‘After all if what I was hearing from my fellow St Lucian was true then a savior or saviors were needed to effect a rescue.’
    • ‘So he let the crisis spin out in order to present himself, as in 1940, the saviour of the nation.’
    • ‘Historically, New Zealand's voters have always wanted a change of government to make the State their saviour once more.’
    • ‘The band can be the saviours of the music industry today and forever.’
    • ‘Varied mythical figures have been conjured up as saviours of a people in decline or bondage.’
    • ‘Some may say she is a saviour, and some may say she is an immoral, misguided pseudo-philanthropist.’
    • ‘Their stories are narrated with sharp adroitness and lessons are drawn that apply to our modern-day craving for supermen and saviours.’
    • ‘The rogue doctor, the Hippocratic saviour turned hypocritic slayer, is a mercifully rare medical phenomenon in this country.’
    • ‘The textile industry, oft hailed as a saviour to poor countries with abundant cheap labour, hasn't boomed as expected.’
    • ‘As characters go, Sir Arthur is the saviour, but, in some ways, it is George who is the truest of the bunch.’
    • ‘Positioned as the saviors of the nation, foreigners slide all too easily into becoming its scapegoats.’
    • ‘My thoughts cling to the tangible memory of you and your every little gesture and movement like a drowning person clings to their saviour.’
    • ‘The band were supposed to be the saviours of rock and while the album was good, it was far from being the utter genius we had been promised.’
    • ‘She did not question the fact that the film was intended to portray a truth about sanctimonious priests posing as the saviours of a religious heritage.’
    rescuer, liberator, deliverer, emancipator
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    1. 1.1 (in Christianity) God or Jesus Christ as the redeemer of sin and saver of souls.
      • ‘But why does everyone look to God as their saviour, when they are in need?’
      • ‘When the pastor asked if anyone would like to come forward and receive Christ as their Savior or just to rededicate their lives to Him, Adam went forward.’
      • ‘When they are alone, the Old Man pleads with Faustus to repent and be washed by the blood of the Savior, Christ.’
      • ‘Elizabeth accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 16.’
      • ‘I know of some Christians who have done what is wrong but I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.’
      • ‘At that moment, I broke down and realized Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind.’
      • ‘I knew then that no matter what happened, I would always love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who taught me to have faith in His word.’
      • ‘In all, these joyous events serve to prepare the human spirit for the arrival of the Christ Savior.’
      • ‘Now the decision is yours - will you soften your heart and let him in as your personal saviour?’
      • ‘Both midwives eventually see the light and accept Christ as the Savior.’
      • ‘When Simon was 15 years old he accepted Christ as his Saviour.’
      • ‘If you received Jesus as your Savior, you are now a Christian.’
      • ‘At Christmas we Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, whom Herod tried to kill as an infant.’
      • ‘Peacefully, with husband and close friends at her side, Lorna went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after a courageous battle with cancer.’
      • ‘As you work through these issues, you need to ask yourself if you have accepted Christ as your Savior.’
      • ‘And as a result, more than 146 million people have indicated decisions to accept Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.’
      • ‘This hatred of evangelical Christians does not surprise us, as Jesus the Savior of the world told us this would happen as history has documented.’
      • ‘I now accept Jesus as my saviour and with his help I intend to confess him before men.’
      • ‘But there are some, some fundamentalists, who believe that if you do not believe Christ is the Savior, you will not go to heaven, right?’
      • ‘Happily, all of our children have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.’
      christ, jesus, jesus christ, the redeemer, the messiah, our lord, the lamb of god, the son of god, the son of man, the prince of peace, the king of kings, emmanuel
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Middle English: from Old French sauveour, from ecclesiastical Latin salvator (translating Greek sōtēr), from late Latin salvare ‘to save’.