Definition of revivalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1Belief in or the promotion of a revival of religious fervour.

    ‘Christians of the 19th century combined revivalism with social reform’
    • ‘When charismatic revivalism reaches as far and wide as the Coptic church in Ethiopia, the Catholic church in India, and the Orthodox church in Romania, then we can confidently say that the phenomenon is a global Christian one.’
    • ‘In the 1930s, the supporters of Buddhist revivalism openly sympathised with Nazi Germany and Hitler's racial theories of Aryan supremacy.’
    • ‘The Methodist bishops refused to tolerate grass-roots revivalism within the ranks and ejected the most active proponents of Holiness just as the Wesley brothers had been ejected by the Anglican establishment a century before.’
    • ‘Our society has been moving toward both the laissez-faire capitalism and puritanical fundamentalist revivalism of the nineteenth century in recent years.’
    • ‘As my ailing father spoke of this background, he had come to embrace his Marrano heritage and the Sephardic revivalism that had become part of contemporary Jewish-American culture.’
    • ‘Raised during the period of New England revivalism, she refused to make her public confession of faith, and by the age of thirty, she had stopped attending church services altogether.’
    • ‘In this, he resisted the movement toward Islamic revivalism that began to take root following Israel's victory in the 1967 war.’
    • ‘Furthermore, this form of revivalism is often linked to a call for action which has not merely conservative or traditionalist implications.’
    • ‘Writing with pronounced respect and admiration for the preacher, colored by a serious concern about method, Morrison offered an unusually astute and critical analysis of American revivalism.’
    • ‘When he turned to the American scene, Latourette reported Baptist growth through revivalism and emphasized conscious conversion and frontier preachers who spoke the language of the people.’
    • ‘It is about Catholic revivalism during the early modern era, yet the point Chatellier is making is that this revivalism is best understood by reference to medieval models of religious enthusiasm.’
    • ‘We simply don't know how Islamic culture will evolve; it will probably not be along paths that we project from our own experience, such as European secularization or American revivalism.’
    • ‘In a larger practical sense, however, evangelical revivalism shared basically Unitarian assumptions about the moral autonomy of children.’
    • ‘Indeed, in the colonial period, countershifts, with various forms of revivalism of the Shakti cult, were observed.’
    • ‘The first of early Crusades were part of a religious revivalism.’
    • ‘In particular, the high-church tradition of the Christian Reformed Church looks skeptically on revivalism and independent Congregationalism.’
    • ‘Its doctrines were those of evangelical revivalism: sin, conversion, justification by faith, hell, and heaven.’
    • ‘My impression is that he tends to see the world through the glasses which his hosts have selected for him, for example, by adopting the Indian Communist view of Hindu revivalism without getting to know it first-hand.’
    • ‘Based on preliminary ethnographic research in five Javanese communities with major Hindu temples, I explore the political history and social dynamics of Hindu revivalism.’
    • ‘Adding to the concern of Muslim observers, the Javanese Hindu movement is part of a wider national phenomenon of Hindu revivalism and expansion.’
    1. 1.1 A tendency or desire to revive a former custom or practice.
      ‘Seventies revivalism’
      • ‘The most remarkable thing about Kenna's shameless new wave revivalism is that Fred Durst likes it - enough to take Kenna aboard his inappropriately named Flawless imprint, anyway.’
      • ‘Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland and Sam Jacob of Fat have had a huge amount of fun dancing around the edges of architecture and public art, promoting their brand of postmodern revivalism.’
      • ‘Not counting The Darkness' campy unitard revivalism or the robed gospel cult of The Polyphonic Spree, most of indie rock's current darlings get their style from a thrift store rather than a costume trunk.’
      • ‘The soft-core version included Raj revivalism, the cult of Merchant Ivory and interminable documentaries, coffee-table books, fashion accessories.’
      • ‘The continual ‘happy-clappy’ attitude of the left's revivalism and its dead-end sect perspectives irked him.’
      • ‘Recent films that revisit 1980s youth emerge from traditions of revivalism in the context of the domestic and collective importance of television.’
      • ‘The beauty revivalism of the 1990s often expressed dissatisfaction with the priority postmodern discourse placed on the social and symbolic regulation of the subject.’
      • ‘To the extent they fight against the new revivalism of that old time ideology of liberty, they give aid and comfort to the enemy.’
      • ‘This new racial identity was not a product of ethnic revivalism.’
      • ‘Is there a reason for obsessively photographing and transmuting photographs, other than to offer them as mere aesthetic delectation in an attitude or revivalism that aligns these pictures with the tradition of the archaic in modern art?’
      • ‘Similarly it is hard to believe that such writers as Richards and Pevsner would revert to pure revivalism, having both written with considerable authority of Modernism's specific place in a historical context.’
      • ‘What's worse is that the world isn't exactly short of this particular brand of blues revivalism at the moment, and The Black Keys lack the lightness of touch and pop nuance to stand out from the crowd.’
      • ‘I had grand visions of dropping my obscure '80s post-punk gems on people, of sowing the seeds for '90s revivalism via some well placed selections.’
      • ‘Futurist, with its muddy, one-note punk-thrash revivalism that belies his talents as a versatile studio auteur, is as frustratingly unremarkable and immobile as the governments he so blatantly rails against.’
      • ‘Irish revivalism, an example of linguistic nationalism, arrived only when the language was already in grave peril.’
      • ‘Contemporary architectural styles, inspired by Europe, began to replace Ottoman revivalism in institutional building after 1927.’
      • ‘These ten essays explore dimensions of Moody's doctrine, preaching methods, and extraordinary role in advancing the urban revivalism that swept the U.S. and Britain in the last part of the century.’
      • ‘Broadway musicals in the 21st century are a pastiche, a mixture of rock and roll revivalism, fan friendly stalwarts, campy film to footlight adaptations, and brazen experimentation.’
      • ‘The crucial difference, however, is that while the French duo inflects its disco revivalism with cheek and playful production, this Kentucky quartet writes songs without an iota of flair or originality.’
      • ‘The growth of revivalism as a collective phenomenon in recent decades might also be seen in relation to more general reactions against nostalgia.’