Definition of resurrection in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or fact of resurrecting or being resurrected.

    ‘the story of the resurrection of Osiris’
    • ‘The concern with physical resurrection expressed in post-Reformation epithets and memorial inscriptions indicates a new role for the physical remains of the dead in the life to come.’
    • ‘Beginning with lyrical descriptions of visions experienced by the narrator, we develop expectations of a narrative arc that follows the structure of religious conversion or resurrection.’
    • ‘What they do not agree on is whether there will be a future resurrection for anyone else.’
    • ‘Many of these cults offered beliefs in the resurrection of the body after death.’
    • ‘Laid by Hickman in a silk-lined coffin with a hidden breathing tube, Bliss enacts phony resurrections for the gullible public.’
    • ‘He creates stunning film images: reassembling a torn flower, elegant centaurs, his own death and resurrection at the hands of Athena.’
    • ‘He confirmed the doctrine of saintly intercession and also saw relics as confirming the promise of future resurrection.’
    • ‘Wagar cites other examples of resurrections from the dead, which in fact have occurred, yet he falls short of mentioning who raised them from the dead.’
    • ‘Indeed, the entire ensemble was eschatological in import, a visual salute to the big themes of existence - life, death, memory and resurrection.’
    • ‘The figure's arms and hands seem assembled or stitched together, as if in some scientific or medical experiment - or, as the title suggests, a miracle of resurrection.’
    • ‘Both works, fittingly for Easter, deal with notions of resurrection.’
    • ‘The resurrection that characters such as Zelmane experience will for Sidney occur only through the commemorations enacted by his continuers.’
    • ‘The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte used the bee as a symbol of immortality and resurrection.’
    • ‘Thus failures were often attributed to the patient being beyond the reach of medical intervention; successes were presented as dramatic resurrections.’
    • ‘Sonia's patient love for him finally breaks through and Raskolnikov experiences rebirth and resurrection.’
    • ‘It also made a great counterpoint to the shamanic stuff I've been immersed in, as initiations so often feature a ritual death and resurrection.’
    • ‘This tiny model carved from ivory symbolises the rebirth, or resurrection, that follows death (in this case that of the child Jenny Jones) or archetypally, all that is human.’
    • ‘However, if this art is taken in the context of the other information I have presented, it suggests that physical resurrection was of secondary importance to the eternal life of the soul.’
    • ‘Khepri was the sacred scarab, whom the Egyptians believed was associated with the power of renewal, rebirth and resurrection.’
    • ‘There are hints of a lost love and a past disloyalty, but it isn't until the film moves into its final third that we understand the forces underlying Marianne's resurrection.’
    raising from the dead, restoration to life
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    1. 1.1(in Christian belief) the rising of Christ from the dead.
      • ‘For a start I believe the audience is responding to the power of the original plays and their retelling of the Christian story from the creation to the crucifixion and resurrection.’
      • ‘The film is a retelling of the timeframe between Jesus' prayers for strength in Gethsemane through to his agonising death on the cross, and a wordless epilogue for Easter Sunday's resurrection.’
      • ‘The tension between secular and sacred, between the material and the divine is inherent in the Christian story of Christ's incarnation as man, his bodily death and miraculous resurrection.’
      • ‘So picking the movie apart is one way, I think, not to face the real issue of who Jesus was and how his life and death and resurrection could affect our views of God.’
      • ‘As with the Bible, two men die, and the third essentially is resurrected from certain death as he escapes from the Maelstrom, perhaps comparable to Jesus' resurrection.’
    2. 1.2(in Christian belief) the rising of the dead at the Last Judgement.
      • ‘Therefore, Christians buried their dead both out of respect for the body and in anticipation of the resurrection at the Last Judgment.’
      • ‘The burden of Paul's argument is to prove that those who deny the future resurrection of Christians are wrong.’
      • ‘To those who repent and hope for forgiveness, the display of Francis's stigmata offers the promise of death transcended, of resurrection and everlasting life.’
      • ‘Some Christians believe that after death, the "soul" enters an unconscious state before resurrection at the Last Judgment, a belief known informally as soul sleep.’
      • ‘After the Last Judgment, the damned, by contrast, were to be eternally punished in their physical bodies, reversing the process of regurgitation and resurrection.’
    3. 1.3The revitalization or revival of something.
      ‘the resurrection of the country under a charismatic leader’
      • ‘We all keenly await the resurrection of the matter and a thorough investigation must commence immediately.’
      • ‘A TV movie in 1996 revived interest in the show, but no full-scale resurrection was forthcoming… until now.’
      • ‘‘Rumors of a renaissance do not resurrection make,’ he notes soberingly.’
      • ‘One of the more dramatic resurrections in recent cinema history has seen Peter Fonda bring back his debut film as director, The Hired Hand.’
      • ‘The time is nigh for the resurrection of these long-forgotten principles.’
      • ‘There is no more obvious symbol of vitality and resurrection than the annual regeneration of flowering plants, she says.’
      • ‘Second, the web is organic, growing daily, so new ‘degenerate’ sites regularly emerge and also resurrections of banned sites spring up in new places.’
      • ‘Sherlock Holmes, the fictional Victorian detective whose global popularity continues to this day, has had more imagined resurrections than Elvis.’
      • ‘The idea of an existential allegory featuring a pair of characters trapped in a sand-pit for two hours sounds stultifying at best, but this is one resurrection that can be welcomed.’
      • ‘It was one of history's most dramatic and complete political resurrections.’
      • ‘Levine continues the great fiction of a self that contains multitudes, folding more and more characters from his real and imagined life into poems that seem less like elegies than resurrections.’
      • ‘One would think that everything has already been said about Carmen - the character, the novel, the opera, and her infinite resurrections in the last one hundred years of plenitude-and that we might as well let her rest in peace.’
      • ‘Of Hodson's three resurrections of Nijinsky choreography, the eighteen-minute Till, calling for more than fifty dancers and set to Richard Strauss's 1895 tone poem of the same name, may have the least evidence to stand on.’
      • ‘Rather it is a wide-ranging, cultural examination of the slow rise, rapid decline, and possible resurrection of the American elm in the American landscape.’
      • ‘His first resignation and subsequent political resurrection, only confirmed him as a figure of political hate.’
      • ‘Many tracks hint at the notion that Deerhoof decided to make an entirely different album this time around, but counterbalancing these advancements are decidedly flat resurrections of past glories.’
      • ‘By now, the story of Weill's rise and fall and late-career resurrection as the King of Capital is the stuff of Wall Street legend.’
      • ‘Because Confucianism is immensely old, it has experienced set-backs and resurrections before.’
      • ‘But Dark Shadows has been in reruns for the past 29 years, including recent resurrection on the sci-fi channel at one a.m.’
      • ‘Water assumes its traditional meanings of death, resurrection and renewal.’
      revival, restoration, regeneration, revitalization, reinvigoration, renewal, resuscitation, awakening, rejuvenation, stimulation, re-establishment, relaunch, reintroduction, reinstallation, reappearance, rebirth, renaissance, renascence, comeback
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Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin resurrectio(n-), from the verb resurgere rise again (see resurgent).