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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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 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

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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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