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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 Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been coy about giving Harris a lucrative new contract, seeming to downplay his importance on a resurgent defense that helped the Vikings return to the playoffs in 2019. oregonlive, "NFL free agency 2020: Tom Brady, Jadeveon Clowney among the top-20 potential free agents," 16 Mar. 2020 On Thursday, Germans commemorated the 75th anniversary of the devastating attack, which a resurgent far right has used to promote a revisionist history of World War II. Chris Stanford, New York Times, "William Barr, Coronavirus, Harvey Weinstein: Your Friday Briefing," 14 Feb. 2020 Think of Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati: resurgent, postindustrial American cities that are channeling creative forces to reinvent themselves for a new generation. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Here’s why you’ll fall in love with Philadelphia," 14 Dec. 2019 Led by quarterback Justin Fields and a resurgent defense, the Buckeyes wiped out a 14-point halftime deficit en route to a 34-21 victory to win the 2019 Big Ten title in front of a sell-out crowd of 66,649. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 21: Top-ranked Buckeyes absorb UW's best shot and roar back in second half to win the Big Ten title," 7 Dec. 2019 Burnes, meanwhile, has been enjoying a resurgent camp after a nightmare 2019 season with a 2-0 record, 0.90 ERA, WHIP of 0.90 and 13 strikeouts over four appearances (two starts, 10 innings). Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Luis Urías finally has the green light. He'll make his Cactus League debut with the Brewers on Thursday.," 11 Mar. 2020 With the former vice president resurgent, the Democratic establishment now has an unexpected final chance to crush Bernie Sanders’s socialist revolution. Dan Palmer, WSJ, "Democratic Donors Have Their Candidate," 5 Mar. 2020 The new sense of urgency from Sanders and his allies came just hours after a resurgent Biden scored victories from Texas to Massachusetts, revitalizing a presidential bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, "Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden; Warren reassessing campaign," 4 Mar. 2020 The article includes five takeaways from Super Tuesday: Black voters power a resurgent Biden. New York Times, "Lesson of the Day: ‘5 Takeaways From a Super Tuesday That Changed the Democratic Race’," 4 Mar. 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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The first known use of resurgent was in 1746

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31 Mar 2020

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“Resurgent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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