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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No, the former Democratic senator from Minnesota is not ready for full resurrection yet. Clarence Page,, "Column: #MeToo lessons from Al Franken and Kirsten Gillibrand: Will the Democrats learn in time for 2020?," 27 Aug. 2019 By one estimate, a billion fish died on its decks. * * * Now the Flyer rests in a huge wooden cradle at the boatyard in Port Townsend, a mere specter of a ship in the process of resurrection. Smithsonian, "John Steinbeck’s Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology," 22 Aug. 2019 Vivian Lucile Rockwell Nasiatka, age 56, lost her long battle with cancer and is now at rest to await the promise of resurrection. Born in San Bernardino, CA., "Vivian Nasiatka," 18 Aug. 2019 This very denial is what has set the stage for the riotous resurrection of white entitlement and scapegoat politics. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "The Destructive Politics of White Amnesia," 6 Aug. 2019 McMahon is the driving force behind the XFL resurrection. Allen Kim, CNN, "The XFL reveals its new team names and logos," 21 Aug. 2019 What really makes Veronica Mars worth the resurrection, however, is the insight Bell and creator Rob Thomas bring to a character who’s spent upwards of 15 years dealing with devastating adolescent trauma. Judy Berman, Time, "The 6 Best New Shows of Summer 2019," 20 Aug. 2019 There’s even a corner dedicated to the museum’s own resurrection from the ashes in 2003. Tony Rehagen,, "A Holocaust survivor built a remarkable monument to hope and memory. Now that she’s gone, who will remind us?," 16 Aug. 2019 Joe Panik leaves in a swirl of sadness, hoping for resurrection in some other town. Bruce Jenkins,, "For the Giants and Joe Panik, a difficult farewell," 6 Aug. 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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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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