res·ur·rec·tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən \

Definition of resurrection 

1a capitalized : the rising of Christ from the dead

b often capitalized : the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment

c : the state of one risen from the dead

3 Christian Science : a spiritualization of thought : material belief that yields to spiritual understanding

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resurrectional \ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of resurrection in a Sentence

He was enjoying the resurrection of his career. a resurrection of an old theory

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One possibility is the resurrection of the YF-23 design, with modernized electronics and a Japanese engine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Now Northrop Grumman Wants to Build Japan's New Fighter Jet," 9 July 2018 Jason Viera/The Commercial Appeal The national movement is the resurrection of the Poor People’s Campaign launched by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the year before his murder in 1968. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin upbringing inspired Rev. Liz Theoharis' walk with the poor," 22 June 2018 The religious symbolism is the resurrection of Jesus. Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to at least the 13th century, according to the History channel. Jolie Lee, USA TODAY, "Why egg hunts, bunnies and Peeps? Easter traditions explained," 31 Mar. 2018 Since the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, security checkpoints have been removed between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K. Both sides have pledged that there will be no resurrection of a physical land border after Brexit. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Ireland’s Quandary: It Has a Brexit Veto That Could Be Risky to Use," 22 Mar. 2018 The finale heavily implies Maeve's imminent resurrection, however, thanks to the help of her friends Felix and Sylvester. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': Here's Who Is Still Alive Heading Into Season 3," 26 June 2018 Intellivision’s resurrection comes as Atari has launched an Indiegogo page for its Atari VCS. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Atari's Not The Only Old-School Gaming Console Coming Back. Intellivision Is Too," 30 May 2018 Another resurrection, that is; this one, by Sean Couturier. Marcus Hayes,, "Flyers, inspired by Sean Couturier, come of age in Game 5 win over Penguins | Marcus Hayes," 20 Apr. 2018 From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 20 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Top 22 Coachella Performances Ever," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of resurrection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for resurrection

Middle English resurreccioun, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin resurrection-, resurrectio act of rising from the dead, from resurgere to rise from the dead, from Latin, to rise again, from re- + surgere to rise — more at surge

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English Language Learners Definition of resurrection

in Christianity the Resurrection : the event told about in the Bible in which Jesus Christ returned to life after his death

the resurrection : the event told about in the Bible in which dead people will be brought back to life before the day of final judgment

: the act of causing something that had ended or been forgotten or lost to exist again, to be used again, etc.


res·ur·rec·tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən \

Kids Definition of resurrection

1 : an instance of coming back into use or importance The style enjoyed a resurrection.

2 capitalized : the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead

3 often capitalized : the act of rising again to life of all human dead before the final judgment

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