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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The company was forced to shut down its UK manufacturing business last year in the face of £128 million worth of debt, at which point its owner, Murat Hakan Uzan, was reportedly planning a resurrection of the brand. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Luxury manufacturer Vertu returns with Aster P smartphones," 19 Oct. 2018 Fans were wondering how the resurrection could take place since the Hulk was very decisively killed with an arrow through the eye fired by Hawkeye. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Superman turns 80, DC boasts stealing Bendis and The Terrifics are fantastic: Journey Into Comics," 28 Mar. 2018 Blacks looking at the images of lynching victims took heart from Jesus' suffering on the cross and his resurrection, Cone said. John Blake, CNN, "Remembering the theologian who took on the hypocrisy of the white church," 30 Apr. 2018 Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day when Mary discovered the empty tomb of Jesus following his resurrection. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Why Easter and Passover are observed on different dates each year," 28 Mar. 2018 That was the dilemma of Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "In these trying times, return to Jesus and the simplicity of faith for renewal," 12 July 2018 The 18-story Beaux arts structure, which opened in 1913 and closed in 1988, is no longer a symbol of Detroit's demise but, rather, its resurrection. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford receiving calls to return stolen Detroit train station property," 27 June 2018 Some of them merely had their resurrection suggested., "Here’s Who Bit The Dust On Season 2 Of Westworld," 25 June 2018 Vegetable Variety Trials 2017, co-written by Brooke Edmunds, Shinji Kawai and James Myers, is the resurrection of a popular series that went on hiatus in 2011. Kjerstin Gabrielson,, "Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication," 12 June 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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