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

Other Words from resurrection

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

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Resurrection comes from Anglo-French resurreccioun. Originally, the word was used in Christian contexts to refer to the rising of Christ from the dead or to the festival celebrating this rising (now known as Easter). The word eventually began to be used more generally in the senses of "resurgence" or "revival." Its Latin root, surgere, means "to rise."

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 In Christianity, eggs are a common symbol of the resurrection of Christ. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 14 Apr. 2022 It’s a biotech resurrection that seems quixotic at best. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 Which, of course, is a testament to those believers; a congregation whose faith never wavered and was rewarded with a resurrection of a once-dormant product. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 27 Apr. 2022 After two years of delays, setbacks and an unending pandemic, Adam Lucas witnessed a resurrection. Brent Lang, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 Now, the legislative path forward, if one exists, sits largely in the hands of Manchin and Sinema and a possible resurrection of Build Back Better. Gregory Krieg And Ella Nilsen, CNN, 13 Mar. 2022 The director didn’t design the movie to be a showcase or a second-act resurrection for the 47-year-old actor, but damned if doesn’t double as a reintroduction. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 6 Dec. 2021 Unless, of course, like Zeke's miraculous survival, Manifest somehow gets a resurrection of its own. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2021 Mullins will be the team’s representative in the July 13 MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, completing a career resurrection that began two years ago when he was demoted to Double-A Bowie as part of a disastrous 2019 season. Jon Meoli,, 4 July 2021 See More

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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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“Resurrection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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