Salvation is the act of saving from sin or evil, or sometimes just from an unpleasant situation.
The word salvation comes from the Latin salvare, "to save." Each of the monotheistic religions has a different idea about the way to achieve salvation. Salvation doesn't always have to do with theology; if a freak snowstorm on your camping trip has you worried about hypothermia, salvation can come in the form of an abandoned house with a working fireplace.
n a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
n (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
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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)
the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
something done or paid in expiation of a wrong