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
Recent Examples on the Web And there was another layer: Director Paul Verhoeven saw religious aspects to Murphy's death and sci-fi resurrection. Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 Hartman’s book is a rich resurrection of a forgotten history: the revolution in intimate life at the cusp of the 20th century, led by young black women, two or three generations removed from slavery. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 This resurrection has been several decades in the making and has taken two parallel tracks. Washington Post, "Blight wiped out the American chestnut. Parallel efforts are close to bringing it back.," 18 Dec. 2019 The resurrection of phage therapy couldn’t be more timely. Diane Shader Smith, STAT, "My daughter is gone but her legacy lives on through her writing and phage therapy," 13 Nov. 2019 The political resurrection of Kirchner coupled with the dismal performance of the economy under Macri’s leadership is further depressing the business environment. Fox News, "Trump ally Mauricio Macri set to lose Argentina election to Cristina Kirchner-backed left-wing rival," 23 Oct. 2019 The resurrection of the marsh, completed in 2001, was an attempt to restore a portion of what once was a 200-acre wetland that extended from the Golden Gate past what is now the Palace of Fine Arts. San Francisco Chronicle, "Presidio at 25: Time moves backward as restoration sites regain their original habitat," 7 Jan. 2017 The Turin side, who had been languishing in tragic mediocrity ever since the Superga air disaster of 1949 had vanquished perhaps the greatest club side in Italian history, were in need of resurrection., "Nereo Rocco: 'El Paron', the Pioneer of Catenaccio & Forgotten Great of Italian Football," 30 July 2019 The ritual celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which speaks to Christianity’s most fundamental belief: The Lord has risen, defeating death and bringing salvation and eternal life to everyone who puts their faith in him. Morin Bishop, Woman's Day, "What’s an Easter Sunrise Service? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 22 Mar. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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