Definition of savior in English:


(British saviour)


  • 1A person who saves someone or something (especially a country or cause) from danger, and who is regarded with the veneration of a religious figure.

    • ‘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 rogue doctor, the Hippocratic saviour turned hypocritic slayer, is a mercifully rare medical phenomenon in this country.’
    • ‘But if the script isn't entirely brilliant - and it isn't - the true saviours of this film are the two stars themselves.’
    • ‘Well, there's one thing: rock and roll doesn't need saviours as much as it needs a good set of bodyguards.’
    • ‘Their stories are narrated with sharp adroitness and lessons are drawn that apply to our modern-day craving for supermen and saviours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, you are touted as the saviours of dance music.’
    • ‘Varied mythical figures have been conjured up as saviours of a people in decline or bondage.’
    • ‘The band can be the saviours of the music industry today and forever.’
    • ‘They've also been called the saviours of rock 'n' roll.’
    • ‘If we do not act now, instead of being saviours, we will be the perpetrators of the world's worst holocaust.’
    • ‘So he let the crisis spin out in order to present himself, as in 1940, the saviour of the nation.’
    • ‘The textile industry, oft hailed as a saviour to poor countries with abundant cheap labour, hasn't boomed as expected.’
    • ‘Positioned as the saviors of the nation, foreigners slide all too easily into becoming its scapegoats.’
    • ‘The beginning of the new millennium brings renewed hope and new saviours.’
    • ‘Some may say she is a saviour, and some may say she is an immoral, misguided pseudo-philanthropist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As characters go, Sir Arthur is the saviour, but, in some ways, it is George who is the truest of the bunch.’
    • ‘Historically, New Zealand's voters have always wanted a change of government to make the State their saviour once more.’
    • ‘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.’
    rescuer, liberator, deliverer, emancipator
    champion, knight in shining armour, friend in need, good samaritan
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    1. 1.1(in Christianity) God or Jesus Christ as the redeemer of sin and saver of souls.
      • ‘And as a result, more than 146 million people have indicated decisions to accept Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Happily, all of our children have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.’
      • ‘In all, these joyous events serve to prepare the human spirit for the arrival of the Christ Savior.’
      • ‘Elizabeth accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 16.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘When Simon was 15 years old he accepted Christ as his Saviour.’
      • ‘But why does everyone look to God as their saviour, when they are in need?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When they are alone, the Old Man pleads with Faustus to repent and be washed by the blood of the Savior, Christ.’
      • ‘As you work through these issues, you need to ask yourself if you have accepted Christ as your Savior.’
      • ‘If you received Jesus as your Savior, you are now a Christian.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘At that moment, I broke down and realized Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind.’
      • ‘I know of some Christians who have done what is wrong but I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At Christmas we Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, whom Herod tried to kill as an infant.’


Middle English: from Old French sauveour, from ecclesiastical Latin salvator (translating Greek sōtēr), from late Latin salvare to save.