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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Close to the action: Just a short drive to Long Beach and its newly resurgent downtown, Signal Hill offers small-town living near the heart of the city. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Signal Hill keeps progress in view without blocking out its oil town past," 22 June 2018 Of the ’90s-era indie bands who have had creatively resurgent second lives, many hail from Belly’s peer group in the Boston area, including Dinosaur Jr., Mission of Burma and the Breeders, which Ms. Donelly was once in. Steve Kandell, New York Times, "Belly Would Rather Face Forward Than Navel Gaze," 6 May 2018 Her current run is part of a comeback that has her looking as resurgent as ever. Troy L. Smith,, "Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters lead Cleveland's 2018 concert schedule," 8 Jan. 2018 The Philadelphia 76ers, which enjoyed a resurgent regular season, were the third best-selling team, behind the Warriors and Cavs, respectively. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Three-peat: Steph Curry has highest-selling NBA jersey for third year in a row," 17 Apr. 2018 Created in response to a militarily resurgent Russia, the DABS system is supposed to be up to 24 sets of equipment designed to allow the U.S. Air Force to fly from airfields across Europe. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 Now, the principal threats identified by the Pentagon in its official strategy document are more challenging: a resurgent Russia and an increasingly capable Chinese military. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Analysis: Military-Spending Slowdown Would Fuel Strategy Debate," 25 Nov. 2018 There are signs of resurgent interest in law school, with the number of applicants up 8.6 percent this year to 56,265, according to the admission council. Robert Channick,, "Admission tests may become optional at law schools," 15 May 2018 Each team in the division has a clear narrative: The Cowboys are stunningly resurgent. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Dallas Cowboys Emerge in the Middling NFC East," 23 Nov. 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

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

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