res·​ur·​rec·​tion ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce resurrection (audio)
capitalized : the rising of Christ from the dead
often capitalized : the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment
: the state of one risen from the dead
Christian Science : a spiritualization of thought : material belief that yields to spiritual understanding
resurrectional 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 Amid the endless fretting over dwindling box office — due in large part, and with great irony, to Netflix — the increasingly homogenized theatrical experience and the slow extinction of bricks-and-mortar everything, the dual resurrections offers hope for us all. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Any hope for the eventual resurrection of the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Saudi Arabia normalization agreement would be foreclosed. Eric Cortellessa, TIME, 20 Oct. 2023 The insects are linked with symbols of resurrection because of their life cycle, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 His resurrection was perhaps kinder than Lazarus’ because the Monster could never truly be outside death. Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 Tour resurrection to dance an evening away to Blink-182, Paramore, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 The possibility of anything past that — even resurrection — was pure horror. Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 In a novella structured like a mix tape and written in the cadence and rhyme scheme of rap lyrics, a dying football star’s resurrection is contingent on limitations to his native abilities. Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 The disco ball's resurrection originated partially from the disco cowgirl aesthetic that's taken over social media in recent years: Inspired by country singers like Dolly Parton and Shania Twain, this style mixes cow print and leather with vibrant shades of pink and lots of sparkles. Claire Hoppe, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of resurrection was in the 14th century


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“Resurrection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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res·​ur·​rec·​tion ˌrez-ə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce resurrection (audio)
capitalized : the rising of Jesus from the dead
often capitalized : the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment
-shnəl How to pronounce resurrection (audio)

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