re·​viv·​al·​ism ri-ˈvī-və-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce revivalism (audio)
: the spirit or methods characteristic of religious revivals
: a tendency or desire to revive or restore

Examples of revivalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alongside Michigan contemporaries such as the Stooges, Kramer and the MC5 built a rock template that went on to reverberate through punk, metal, grunge, garage rock revivalism and more. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 3 Feb. 2024 In this retelling, less attention is given to the role of religious revivalism in the country’s formation and history. Bernard Haykel, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2024 Her Flog Gnaw performance triangulated perfectly among the emo revivalism, metal and hardcore shredding and genre-hopping camaraderie that the festival champions. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 By the early 1980s, Fortuna had joined Kaliumbé, a band formed by guitarist and jazz composer Toné Vicioso, who’d become her mentor and gateway into the folk revivalism of Música Raíz. Richard Villegas, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2023 These attacks on trans kids should be understood as interconnected with the other fronts in what’s often regarded as a resurgence of right-wing culture war—attempts to ban books, dictate school curricula, and generally align education with the Lost Cause revivalism of today’s Republican Party. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 Both outfits were elegant, a word that isn’t part of the lexicon of Y2K revivalism which the stylist personally enjoys. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2022 By the Eighties, an era that saw a growth of Christian revivalism in Nigeria, heavily influenced by the Moral Majority movement in the United States, rock music gained a bad rep in the country. Ama Udofa, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2022 If this is the future of riot grrrl revivalism, the future is bright. Maria Sherman, SPIN, 25 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of revivalism was in 1815

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“Revivalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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re·​viv·​al·​ism ri-ˈvī-və-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce revivalism (audio)
: the spirit or methods found at religious revivals

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