re·​sur·​gent | \ ri-ˈsər-jənt How to pronounce resurgent (audio) \

Definition of resurgent

: undergoing or tending to produce resurgence

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Resurgent means literally a "rising again". We may speak of a resurgent baseball team, a resurgent steel industry, the resurgence of jogging, or a resurgence of violence in a war zone. Resurgence is particularly prominent in its Italian translation, risorgimento. In the 19th century, when the Italian peninsula consisted of a number of small independent states, a popular movement known as the Risorgimento managed to unify the peninsula and create the modern state of Italy in 1870.

Examples of resurgent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is, in fact, little about this compellingly detailed story of the resurgent Nazi movement that emerged in an England better known at the time for its Swinging London reputation. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Despite an early setback against resurgent Arkansas, things were looking reasonably good for the Longhorns at 4-1 heading into the Red River showdown with Oklahoma. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Torched trees and ashen cactus stumps belie an understory of resurgent shrubs and wildflowers. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 Brown has been an integral part of a resurgent OSU bullpen that boasts a 2.86 ERA in April. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 And having been staged virtually for the last two years, Watches & Wonders was out to capitalize on resurgent demand with an IRL fair that welcomed over 22,000 visitors. Alex Doak, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 South Carolina, NC State, Stanford, maybe a resurgent Notre Dame or an up-and-coming Indiana. Dom Amore,, 4 Apr. 2022 News excerpts create a parallel between the rise of Trump and India’s resurgent fundamentalist nationalism. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 Although Group A includes a resurgent Netherlands team and African champion Senegal, the presence of Qatar — a first-time participant that received a top seed as the host nation — and Ecuador arguably makes that the weakest slate of teams. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resurgent

1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resurgent

Latin resurgent-, resurgens, present participle of resurgere

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1 May 2022

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“Resurgent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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