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.

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Recent Examples on the Web LeBron James suffered in the first half Saturday at Staples Center left the Lakers without three starters against the resurgent Atlanta Hawks, putting the rest of Los Angeles’ group in a dire circumstance. Los Angeles Times, "With LeBron James injured and out indefinitely, Lakers call for ‘next man up’," 20 Mar. 2021 So F-35s operated by the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Poland and other countries would turn the tables on a resurgent Russia. Loren Thompson, Forbes, "Two Biden-Era Flashpoints Where The F-35 Fighter Could Prove Decisive," 12 Mar. 2021 While the 2008 Beijing Games are generally remembered as a coming out moment for a resurgent China, they too were clouded by human rights issues, including a crackdown on protests in Tibet than left dozens dead. Time, "There Are Mounting Calls for a Boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Will It Be Effective?," 9 Mar. 2021 Michigan by 18, No. 9 Ohio State by 17 and likely NCAA-bound and resurgent Michigan State by 25. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Should Aztecs fans be nervous about Brian Dutcher leaving?," 8 Mar. 2021 Hyde ran 14 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and spearheaded the resurgent Seattle run game that produced 165 yards on the ground. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson regains form in win over the Arizona Cardinals," 20 Nov. 2020 The resurgent Colts cornerback will try to keep one of the NFL's top receivers out of the end zone. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts vs. Packers TV, odds, injuries, trends, matchups," 18 Nov. 2020 In some ways, that makes Monday's game between the resurgent Vikings and the reeling Bears a perfect opportunity to change all that. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "The Bears' Soldier Field: Where Vikings' purple usually feels blue," 12 Nov. 2020 In Greene and Erie Counties, a resurgent K.K.K. has left fliers in public places, including outside the homes of voters with Biden signs. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The Count Begins in Pennsylvania: “It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride”," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Resurgent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resurgent

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

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