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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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 Further undercutting the stakes is how Apocalypse, like Coven, relies on witchy powers of resurrection and healing. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018 Elliott had met two people at Deluxe Laboratories who ended up being instrumental in the footage’s resurrection: Beverly Wood and Gray Ainsworth. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "46 Years Later, Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Resurrected by Modern Day Tech," 12 Nov. 2018 The company was forced to shut down its UK manufacturing business last year in the face of £128 million worth of debt, at which point its owner, Murat Hakan Uzan, was reportedly planning a resurrection of the brand. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Luxury manufacturer Vertu returns with Aster P smartphones," 19 Oct. 2018 Fans were wondering how the resurrection could take place since the Hulk was very decisively killed with an arrow through the eye fired by Hawkeye. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Superman turns 80, DC boasts stealing Bendis and The Terrifics are fantastic: Journey Into Comics," 28 Mar. 2018 Blacks looking at the images of lynching victims took heart from Jesus' suffering on the cross and his resurrection, Cone said. John Blake, CNN, "Remembering the theologian who took on the hypocrisy of the white church," 30 Apr. 2018 Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day when Mary discovered the empty tomb of Jesus following his resurrection. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Why Easter and Passover are observed on different dates each year," 28 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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