re·​viv·​al·​ism | \ ri-ˈvī-və-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce revivalism (audio) \

Definition of revivalism

1 : the spirit or methods characteristic of religious revivals
2 : a tendency or desire to revive or restore

Examples of revivalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Historian Brett Grainger has argued that evangelicals, through revivalism, formed a mystical relationship with nature. Jeffrey Wheatley, The Conversation, "Are religious communities reviving the revival? In the US, outdoor worship has a long tradition," 10 June 2020 Even Alberta Ferretti, with her unapologetic ode to ’80s and ’90s revivalism in the form of shoulder pads! and high-waist pleated leather pants! and gold chains à go-go! Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Gucci Declares the Death of the Fashion Show Greatly Exaggerated," 20 Feb. 2020 The worst of religious conservatism is on cable news imputing to Trump an almost-Constantinian prestige, uniting nationalist fervor with religious revivalism. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, "Understanding Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump," 10 Feb. 2020 This bigger-is-better approach is in sync with the continuing ’80s revivalism, which twists existing concepts in ways that speak to today. Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Jewelry Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 15 Mar. 2019 One part classic rock revivalism, one part hardcore garage rock, with a sound made for large speakers, Canadian-duo Japandroids was built for live shows. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Tegan and Sara, Kid Cudi, Lovejoy," 1 Nov. 2017 Call it motel revivalism: cashing in on inexpensive property, employing adaptive reuse, and playing to the country’s obsession with updated midcentury design. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 With use of synth-heavy melodies and plenty of neon, the band is no doubt a stellar addition to this wave of ’80s revivalism. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Mother Nature, Vesperteen, Paul Cherry," 12 Dec. 2017 But Graham’s light touch gave his followers a way to embrace traditional American revivalism outside of the hot political issues of the day. Elizabeth Dias, Time, "Why the Graham Family Dynamic Reveals the Evangelical Movement’s Rifts," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of revivalism

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Revivalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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