Savior vs. saviour

In American English, savior is the preferred spelling of the noun referring to (1) a person who rescues another from danger, or (2) Jesus. All other main varieties of English use saviour. When savior or saviour refers to Jesus, the word is usually capitalized in much the same way Christians tend to capitalize God.



The clamor to boost housing as an economic savior is especially odd because we’ve tried this before with dire or fruitless results. [Wall Street Journal]

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. [quoted on CNN]

I never understood the notion that Mitch Daniels was going to be our savior. [National Review]

Outside the U.S.

With a little love, Nuke has gone from bad behaviour to animal saviour. [Calgary Herald]

But our saviour, the slayer of our enemy in the closing scenes of last week’s great western, is haemorrhaging influence at a critical rate. [Independent]

Technology will have a role, but it cannot be Asia’s saviour alone. [Sydney Morning Herald]

9 thoughts on “Savior vs. saviour”

    • Sorry to butt in here; but, I am and American by birth AND by choice. I am neither stupid, nor other words used by Lawl. I am in fact widely traveled throughout the world and rather intelligent as well. Peoples of all the world can be either stupid or simply illiterate. I personally prefer the spelling of Saviour for Jesus Christ and savior or saviour for any other use of one who saves. My spellcheck prefers savior though.

      • Just because you are well-traveled doesn’t make you intelligent. Anyone who calls themselves intelligent on the anonymous internet probably is not. You should only say it when you know it can be backed up, such as if you are a professor in a school setting. Intelligence is not clearly understood anyway, some would say you cannot be intelligent and also believe in a Savior or Saviour. Others would say you cannot be intelligent and not understand that your spell check is most likely set on an American English dictionary which is why it prefers savior. But the truth is we can be intelligent in some areas and not intelligent in others. There is no real measuring stick for intelligence.

  1. While I prefer spelling this word with a “u”, the evolution of language and spelling makes sense (most of the time). I don’t understand how the American omission of a “u” leads someone to jump into a logical and linguistic tar pit that reveals their lack of decency and civility. Hasty generalizations and vulgarity do not elevate the intelligence of the rest of the English speaking world.

  2. By the numbers.
    The creator’s number of completion is seven but the number of the man or devil
    is six. So looking at this way, you could say that the new “Savior” is
    actually the anti-Christ as appose to the true Saviour. And by the way I’m an
    American also but not by choice.

  3. According to Webster’s New World Dictionary & many others –
    Savior – means one who saves.
    Saviour – means one who saves, Jesus Christ,our Lord, our redeemer.
    This was done in order to distinguish between a person who saves,say, a child from drowning.(savior); and One who saves us from our sins.(Saviour) – Jesus Christ
    By leaving out the letter “u” the transliteration could then be used in any religion.
    I believe that this is part of the move toward a one world bible and the bringing all religions together.
    I believe that Jesus (Y’Shua ) is the ONLY way. John 14:6


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