Definition of deliverance in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪv(ə)r(ə)ns/


1 [mass noun] The action of being rescued or set free: prayers for deliverance
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  • 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.
  • Commentators on this psalm agree that only such a person can hope to receive an answer to their prayer of deliverance from enemies.
  • Afraid he had not sacrificed in the proscribed manner, he squeezed his eyes shut and called out a prayer to God for deliverance.
liberation, release, freeing, rescue, delivery, discharge, ransom, emancipation;
salvation, redemption
historical manumission
2A formal or authoritative utterance: the low drawl he employed for such deliverances
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  • 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.
  • Although there was a fake formality to the deliverance of Cameron's lines, Kate still believed them to be sincere.
  • 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;
lecture, sermon, speech, oration, disquisition, peroration


Middle English: from Old French delivrance, from the verb delivrer (see deliver).

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