res·​ur·​rec·​tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce resurrection (audio) \

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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Other Words from resurrection

resurrectional \ ˌre-​zə-​ˈrek-​shnəl How to pronounce resurrection (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of resurrection in a Sentence

He was enjoying the resurrection of his career. a resurrection of an old theory
Recent Examples on the Web Nineteenth-century Southerners believed that, much like Jesus’s miraculous resurrection, there would come a day when the Confederacy rose again, albeit not though chattel slavery. Audrey Farley, The New Republic, "The Conservative War Against the Black Church," 21 Dec. 2020 The Raiders should be OK as long as Derek Carr doesn't perform a turnover resurrection. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 13 NFL picks against the spread," 3 Dec. 2020 There were predictions, in late spring, that when the economy began to rebound from rock bottom, Mr. Trump might easily persuade voters to see a partial recovery as a miraculous resurrection. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Trump’s Illness Makes It Clear: This Election Was Always About the Virus," 2 Oct. 2020 The health of people, communities, and economies are all significantly connected to its resurrection. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "The return of sports is a preview of a return to normality," 9 Dec. 2020 Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, the crucifixion and the resurrection. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "The Beirut Blast Shattered Her Masterpieces. Now, the Rebuilding Starts.," 16 Oct. 2020 Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, peace is now possible between God and the human race. The Rev. Bill Thomas,, "Thomas: Instead of focusing what the Grinch has taken from us, let’s focus on what we can do | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 12 Dec. 2020 Church members depict the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in 14 live scenes with narration and live animals. Mary Colurso |, al, "Christmas events in Alabama 2020: Lights, skating rinks, concerts, Santa visits and more," 4 Dec. 2020 Trumpism, after all, is a narrative of death and resurrection, in which bankruptcy becomes The Art of the Comeback and American carnage becomes American renaissance. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Afterlife," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Resurrection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resurrection

: the event told about in the Bible in which Jesus Christ returned to life after his death
: 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 How to pronounce resurrection (audio) \

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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