deliverance

If you’re seeking deliverance, you want to be set free or removed from a bad situation. If you're taken hostage in a bank heist, you might pray for deliverance.

You probably notice that deliver makes up a big chunk of deliverance. One meaning of deliver is “to set free” — and that’s what deliverance is: the act of setting someone free. Deliverance often has religious connotations, but the word can be used for other kinds of rescue or liberation. You might want deliverance from the hardship of working on your uncle’s farm all summer, or at least deliverance from the smell of manure.

Definitions of deliverance
  1. noun
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
    “work is the deliverance of mankind”
    synonyms: delivery, rescue, saving
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    lifesaving
    saving the lives of drowning persons
    redemption, salvation
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
    reclamation, reformation
    rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
    salvage
    the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
    salvage
    the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
    salvation
    saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation
    search and rescue mission
    a rescue mission to search for survivors and to rescue them
    absolution, remission, remission of sin, remittal
    the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    conversion, rebirth, spiritual rebirth
    a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
    atonement, expiation, propitiation
    the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
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    recovery, retrieval
    the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
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