re·​viv·​al·​ism | \ri-ˈvī-və-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of revivalism 

1 : the spirit or methods characteristic of religious revivals

2 : a tendency or desire to revive or restore

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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 Under his ownership, the house became a harmonious melding of revivalism, ancient Greek motifs, Chinese aesthetics, and Art Deco details. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Prada Takes Shanghai," 20 Dec. 2017 Newly streaked in nostalgic synths, the remix exists at a midpoint between the tongue-in-cheek nature of vaporwave and the ‘80s revivalism elevated by recent pop culture touchstones like Stranger Things. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "Dua Lipa's 'New Rules' Gets a Synth-Heavy '80s Remix," 3 Nov. 2017 But Shamir hoped to move away from the carefree electronic disco revivalism that had become his signature, incorporating more of his personal, D.I.Y. rock tastes. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Shamir Steps Away From the Spotlight, and His Signature Sound," 8 Sep. 2017 Nineties revivalism is extending beyond fashion as designers and casting directors are rediscovering the beauties who made that decade so magic. Vogue, "How Model Georgina Grenville Went from Gucci Girl to Glam Mum," 24 Oct. 2017

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1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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