re·​sur·​gent ri-ˈsər-jənt How to pronounce resurgent (audio)
: 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 Before productivity began its resurgent growth last year, a rule of thumb was that average hourly pay could rise no more than 3.5% annually for inflation to stay within the Fed’s 2% target. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2024 For one glorious instant Sunday afternoon, the resurgent Bruins had conquered another demon, Dylan Andrews swishing a go-ahead jump shot with six seconds remaining, the bullies from Utah collapsing at his feet. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Vladimir Putin intends to absorb Ukraine into his resurgent Russian empire. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 17 Feb. 2024 The Kim regime stands to benefit tremendously—financially, strategically, and technologically—from resurgent arms trade relationships. Jonathan Corrado, Foreign Affairs, 15 Feb. 2024 The song’s resurgent week can mainly be attributed to an astronomical jump in traditional sales after the Grammys performance with 35,000 last week, a more than 8,000 percent boost from the week prior. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 The 29-year-old quarterback had arguably the best season of his career, leading the resurgent Lions to a 12-5 record, in addition to their first division crown since the 1993 season and their first playoff win since the 1991 season. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 The injury halted a resurgent campaign for the talented southpaw. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 The team and veteran reliever Ryan Brasier agreed to a two-year, $9-million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly, to keep the right-hander in Los Angeles after his resurgent performance last season. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Latin resurgent-, resurgens, present participle of resurgere

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resurgent was in 1746

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“Resurgent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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re·​sur·​gent -jənt How to pronounce resurgent (audio)
: undergoing or tending to produce resurgence

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