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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Other Words from resurrection

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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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 The guy responsible for this insane resurrection is George McPhee, a former New York Ranger who now works as the general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Dear Red Wings fans: Cheer for the guy who bled for Hockeytown," 6 June 2018 Early Christians saw the peacock as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Nic Rowan, WSJ, "The Spiritual Life of the Peacock," 20 Dec. 2018 Much like in the original film, the lead character Grace uses a resurrection spell to bring Eve, an iconic doll produced by Marathon Toys, to life. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Why Does Life-Size 2 Promote The Most Dangerous Mistake Homeowners Can Make?," 4 Dec. 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 \

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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