One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
postpositive Come back to life; reborn.‘one is tempted to think of Poussin as a sort of Titian redivivus’
- ‘Jim died more than a year ago, before the Dean phenomenon erupted, but I have little doubt he would have recognized Dean as Al Smith redivivus.’
- ‘Were he a member of the board, would he have denounced the rabbi as Torquemada redivivus?’
- ‘Walls, windows, letters, bodies, books, John Donne redivivus, one might say, had that epithet not been applied to his acquaintance, Rupert Brooke.’
- ‘I am tired of what I can only term ‘Newman redivivus.’’
Late 16th century: from Latin, from re(d)- ‘again’ + vivus ‘living’.
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