Deliverance Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster



de·​liv·​er·​ance di-ˈli-v(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce deliverance (audio)
: the act of delivering someone or something : the state of being delivered
especially : liberation, rescue
: something delivered
especially : an opinion or decision (such as the verdict of a jury) expressed publicly

Example Sentences

She prayed for deliverance as the famine got worse. looked to the European powers for deliverance from their country's cruel tyrant
Recent Examples on the Web In the end, he’s left with only paranoia of the CIA and delusions of deliverance while anchored down by the addictive despair he’s inflicted on his city. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2023 Connecting him with a great attorney to assure the logistics are handled, assisting with the development of a master marketing plan, and many discussions about the track list, press photos options and cover art all play a major role in the deliverance of the final product. Dan Rys, Billboard, 25 Sep. 2020 Every floor session begins with a prayer by a religious leader, but only this specific deliverance about the value of all human beings brought Myrdal to protest. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2023 Highhanded Belgian missionaries urge the starving villagers to pray to Jesus and Mary for deliverance, but in their desperation some turn to the banished handmaiden of the pagan spirit Kibogo. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Her lyrics ring like a diary: exasperated confessions of romance gone wrong, bearing all in a serene and steady voice that begs for deliverance. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2023 From the first look at Baby Yoda to Moff Gideon’s brandishing of the legendary Dark Saber in season one, The Mandalorian set the tone for the nostalgic deliverance to come throughout the rest of the series. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2023 His interpreters have nevertheless derived from his work sets of commandments, meant to assure deliverance to Hollywood fame and fortune. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2023 All this has unwittingly played into the populist playbook that the political establishment has been letting the people down and that radical new answers and personnel are needed to produce deliverance from a world of existential crisis. Thomas Weber, CNN, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deliverance was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deliverance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


de·​liv·​er·​ance di-ˈliv-(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce deliverance (audio)
: an act of delivering or the state of being delivered
especially : salvation sense 3, rescue
deliverance from the hands of the enemy
: something delivered or communicated
especially : a publicly expressed opinion or decision

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