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 resurrectional (audio) , -​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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On Sunday, Christians will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, but Good Friday is its somber precursor. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Passion re-enactment turns back time downtown," 30 Mar. 2018 Easter Fools’ Day Easter is on April 1 this year, marking the first time since 1956 that the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection overlaps with the official day for tricking your girlfriend into thinking there’s a bear outside. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "A Kanye fan dating site, Easter April Fools' pranks to beware, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 30 Mar. 2018 Their priests bless the eggs, then pass them out to congregants after Easter Mass, and the congregants crack the shells to symbolize Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Dyeing eggs for Easter? Skip the shaving cream and go for the Kool-Aid | The Kansas City Star," 31 Mar. 2017 Anton Bakov, a businessman in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, has tried to advocate his own brand of monarchy around the resurrection of the Romanov House. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Czar Vladimir? Putin Acolytes Want to Bring Back the Monarchy," 13 Dec. 2018 Today, Christians around the world still take the 40 days preceding Easter to fast and prepare for the celebration of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 One thing that could solidify the trend is if automakers perform more specific resurrections of classic cars and styles. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers are tapping nostalgia to promote electric cars — and it’s working," 25 Aug. 2018 Look for a resurrection of the long-defunct Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls, which once applied a stern hand to U.S. and allied companies to curb commercial technology flows to America’s adversary in the last Cold War. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Let’s Vote on a China Cold War," 23 Oct. 2018 The life-giving lion was, of course, related to the resurrection. Constance Grady, Vox, "Amazon has warehouse employees defending its labor practices on Twitter," 25 Aug. 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

: 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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