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ˌrɛz əˈrɛk ʃənres·ur·rec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Resurrection, Christ's Resurrection, Resurrection of Christnoun

    (New Testament) the rising of Christ on the third day after the Crucifixion

  2. resurrectionnoun

    a revival from inactivity and disuse

    "it produced a resurrection of hope"


  1. resurrectionnoun

    The act of arising from the dead and becoming alive again.

  2. resurrectionnoun

    The Resurrection: The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

  3. Etymology: From resurrectiun, from resurrection (French: résurrection), from resurrectionem (accusative of resurrectio) from resurgere, from ', + surgere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Resurrectionnoun

    Revival from the dead; return from the grave.

    Etymology: resurrection, Fr. resurrectum, Lat.

    The Sadduces were grieved, that they taught, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. Acts iv. 2.

    Nor after resurrection shall he stay
    Longer on earth, than certain times t’ appear
    To his disciples. John Milton.

    He triumphs in his agonies, whilst the soul springs forward to the great object which she has always had in view, and leaves the body with an expectation of being remitted to her in a glorious and joyful resurrection. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Perhaps there was nothing ever done in all past ages, and which was not a publick fact, so well attested as the resurrection of Christ. Isaac Watts.


  1. Resurrection

    Resurrection or anastasis is the concept of coming back to life after death. In a number of religions, a dying-and-rising god is a deity which dies and is resurrected. Reincarnation is a similar process hypothesized by other religions, which involves the same person or deity coming back to body, rather than the same one. Disappearance of a body is another similar, but distinct, belief in some religions. With the advent of written records, the earliest known recurrent theme of resurrection was in Egyptian and Canaanite religions, which had cults of dying-and-rising gods such as Osiris and Baal. Ancient Greek religion generally emphasised immortality, but in the mythos a number of men and women were made physically immortal as they were resurrected from the dead. The general resurrection of the dead is a standard eschatological belief in the Abrahamic religions. As a religious concept, it is used in two distinct respects: a belief in the resurrection of individual souls that is current and ongoing (Christian idealism, realized eschatology), or else a belief in a singular bodily resurrection of the dead at the end of the world. Some believe the soul is the actual vehicle by which people are resurrected. The death and resurrection of Jesus is a central focus of Christianity. While most Christians believe Jesus' resurrection from the dead and ascension to heaven was in a material body, some believe it was spiritual.Like the Abrahamic religions, the Dharmic religions also include belief in resurrection and reincarnation. There are stories in Buddhism where the power of resurrection was allegedly demonstrated in Chan or Zen tradition. In Hinduism, the core belief in resurrection/reincarnation is known as saṃsāra.Aside from religious belief, cryonics and other speculative resurrection technologies are practiced, but the resurrection of long-dead bodies is not considered possible at the current level of scientific knowledge.


  1. resurrection

    Resurrection is the act of bringing something or someone back to life or raising them from the dead. It usually features in religious context, where it often refers to the belief of the rebirth of the human spirit after death. However, the term can also be used metaphorically to describe the act of reviving or revitalizing something that was previously in decay or disuse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resurrectionnoun

    a rising again; the resumption of vigor

  2. Resurrectionnoun

    especially, the rising again from the dead; the resumption of life by the dead; as, the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the general resurrection of all the dead at the Day of Judgment

  3. Resurrectionnoun

    state of being risen from the dead; future state

  4. Resurrectionnoun

    the cause or exemplar of a rising from the dead

  5. Etymology: [F. rsurrection, L. resurrectio, fr. resurgere, resurrectum, to rise again; pref. re- re- + surgere to rise. See Source.]


  1. Resurrection

    Resurrection is the concept of a living being coming back to life after death. It is a religious concept, where it is used in two distinct respects: a belief in the resurrection of individual souls that is current and ongoing, or else a belief in a singular "Resurrection of the Dead" event at the end of the world. Most eschatologies believe in a universal resurrection, wherein all people from all history are resurrected. The Resurrection of the Dead is a standard eschatological belief in the Abrahamic religions. In a number of ancient religions, a life-death-rebirth deity is a deity which dies and resurrects. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the central focus of Christianity. The soul is believed by some to be the divine and immortal part of the human being, and some believe it is the actual vehicle by which people are resurrected. However, theological debate ensues with regard to what kind of resurrection is factual – either a spiritual resurrection with a spirit body, or a material resurrection with a restored human body. While most Christians believe Jesus' resurrection was in a material body, a very small minority believe it was spiritual.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. resurrection

    The hypothetical New-Year's Day in the calendar of the dead.

Editors Contribution

  1. resurrectionverb

    [Messiah] Firstfruits once more refreshed with a new return to a previous state on the surface mutually behind or after the Sabbath day being in spirit equivalent as the executive committee of Exodus (XOUT). 1.) The revitalization or revival of something or someone. 2.) Wake up (Awake).

    The resurrection is a term created from the Holy spirit (Bible).

    Etymology: Reviving from being asleep

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 5, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resurrection in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resurrection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of resurrection in a Sentence

  1. Bernice King:

    What you're saying is : Whatever is going on is so bad that it's worth engaging in, quote on quote, breaking the law because policies are being used to break people's lives, if putting your body on the line will dramatize how bad it is and get attention to that matter, then you're willing to do that because we're not an insurrection. We're a resurrection -- a resurrection of morals.

  2. Bill Johnson:

    We have a biblical precedent. Jesus raised the dead. Not only that he introduced himself as the resurrection and the life, were kind of in the middle of that journey right now.

  3. King Jehovah Hohenzollern:

    Resurrection is a magic trick of the soul unfolded by hands of the Universe.

  4. Roma Downey:

    We approached the casting of the role cautiously, wanting to find an actor who could portray the right amount of compassion and humanity, juan Pablo Di Pace really is amazing. He brings such heart and soul to the series, and, I think, his relationship with the disciples is very evident -- first expressed through their heartache at the loss of him and then expressed through their elation at his resurrection and return to them.

  5. Pope Francis:

    I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother, to share your situation and to make it my own, i have come so that we can pray together and offer our God everything that causes us pain, but also everything that gives us hope, so that we can receive from him the power of the resurrection.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    A aculeate
    B ravening
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