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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The potential resurrection for Toys R Us is another chapter in the brand’s long and messy saga. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why bankrupt Toys R Us might not be dead after all," 3 Oct. 2018 Like Firefly before it, Sense8’s resurrection came only after cast members and thousands and thousands of fans begged the studio not to leave the story brutally unfinished. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "What Brought Sense8 Back—and What Killed It in the First Place," 8 June 2018 PINK Pink is a joyous color, says the CRI, and is also worn to represent purity and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Surprising Meaning Behind Easter Colors," 22 Mar. 2019 Midnight in Paris came and went without any resurrection of the heroes of the Belle Époque, but the mavens of Montmartre descended upon the Second Arrondissement and danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Out.of. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "Rowing Blazers Fetes Its New Collection at Storied Parisian Cocktail Spot Harry’s New York Bar," 18 Jan. 2019 The brainchild of former WWE writer Court Bauer, MLW is the resurrection of a promotion that ran from 2002-2004. Aaron Oster,, "Major League Wrestling about to make its debut on the airwaves," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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