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 The revivalism, which arose in New England and the mid-Atlantic colonies and then spread to the South and West, helped lead to explosive growth for the church. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021 The Baguette is once again wildly popular, riding a fashion wave of early-aughts Gen Z revivalism that Jones himself helped fuel with his revamp of the Dior Saddle bag three years ago. Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Feb. 2021 Historian Brett Grainger has argued that evangelicals, through revivalism, formed a mystical relationship with nature. Jeffrey Wheatley, The Conversation, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 22 June 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 3 Aug. 2021.

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