re·​sur·​gent | \ri-ˈsər-jənt \

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.

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Most of Europe’s increased military spending hasn’t kept pace with resurgent economic growth, creating new hurdles for U.S. President Donald Trump’s push that all members must spend 2% of their economic output on defense. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, "Europe’s Defense Spending Continues to Miss Trump’s 2% Target," 15 Mar. 2018 In developing countries, the narrative of a resurgent Russia after the chaos of the 1990s is compelling to broad swaths of society. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon," 12 July 2018 After producing another major hit, Federation Wrestling, his local paper, The Daily Telegraph, heralded him as the face of a resurgent bedroom coding scene. Chris Stokel-walker, Ars Technica, "The rise, fall, and rise of MDickie—or, how to be the best worst game developer," 10 Jan. 2018 Khalsa will join parliament at a time when the Afghan government is struggling against a resurgent Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate. Washington Post, "Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority," 18 June 2018 Despite their placing at the bottom of the table, resurgent Cologne are on a four-match unbeaten run under Stoeger's successor Stefan Ruthenbeck. Afp,, "Dortmund boss Stoger relieved about end of Aubameyang saga," 1 Feb. 2018 Afghanistan’s government is struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban, which controls or contests more than 40 percent of the country. Eltaf Najafizada,, "Trump Condemns `Despicable' Taliban Bomb in Kabul That Killed 95," 27 Jan. 2018 Nadal, who turned 32 earlier in the tournament, went a set down to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in Wednesday's quarterfinal but came back in resurgent mood after an overnight rain delay to win for the loss of only four more games. CNN, "Dominic Thiem ends Cecchinato fairytale to reach French Open final," 8 June 2018 But Middle Child, which arrives on the same resurgent luncheonette spirit evident at Rooster Soup Co., is evidence that there’s hope for an energetic new generation of diner-counter artisans. Craig Laban,, "Middle Child a bright new player in luncheonette revival," 25 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of resurgent

: becoming popular, active, or successful again after a period of being less popular, active, or successful

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