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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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 This required intensive lobbying by James Mattis, the defence secretary, who has been much more open than Mr Trump in identifying the threat from a resurgent Russia. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 Suddenly, England was rattled and Croatia was resurgent. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018 In recent years, a resurgent Taliban has taken control of significant swaths of the country and terrorized citizens and foreigners alike. Masoud Popalzai, CNN, "Taliban calls for ceasefire with Afghan forces during Eid," 9 June 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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