Definition of renascent in US English:



  • Becoming active or popular again.

    ‘renascent fascism’
    • ‘In the Sudan the north-south conflict has festered for decades, and the country has emerged as Africa's renascent theocracy under the combined leadership of a military junta and the National Islamic Front.’
    • ‘Keller ended his talk by predicting a‘reverse spectacle: Austrian group self-contempt with the renascent English tradition as dominating group’.’
    • ‘In its modern psychiatric and psychotherapeutic versions, the renascent Garden of Eden myth now serves to distract us from consciously integrating our own discoveries about who we humans really are and how we really got here.’
    • ‘How, in the face of of renascent formalism and serious community ignorance about civics, including the judiciary, can the truth of our legal system be told, so that it will be understood by lawyer and citizen alike?’
    • ‘In 1970, he joined the renascent surrealist group, and has maintained a rigorous, even militant commitment to its principles.’
    • ‘The Proclamation gave both an edge and a target to the newly renascent Illinois Democrats.’
    • ‘The late nineteenth century now seems as much all age of aristocrats and peasants, of religious revival and renascent monarchies as one of capitalists and imperialists.’
    • ‘This pueblito in the midst of rolling hills and verdant flora 60 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border and ten miles northeast of Ensenada is part of Baja's renascent wine country.’
    • ‘One only needs to wait for the continent's biggest soccer event, the African Nations' Cup in January 2002, to prove how the game is at the core of renascent nationalism whenever patriotism needed revival in any participating country.’
    • ‘The most ominous feature of last week's surrender to renascent union power was its institutionalisation - something denied to the TUC barons even in the 1970s.’
    • ‘Maybe the results were pre-ordained by the intrinsic superiority of a renascent New Zealand.’
    • ‘An armed Europe of renascent nationalisms, or one pursuing the creation of a transnational continental super-state, could prove our greatest bane since 1941.’
    • ‘Imagine him rushing to Berlin after the downturn in Axis fortunes to parley with the man in charge because he was the democratically elected leader and symbol of the renascent German nation.’
    • ‘He stated: ‘To its infinite loss, French Protestantism had not the stimulus of a Nonconformity; and, strange to say, it was only after the great Revolution that the renascent churches began to include assemblies of dissenters.’’
    • ‘What followed was a chaotic period in which Sparta, Thebes, and a renascent Athens jostled for power, with Persia stirring the pot.’
    • ‘While half a dozen trips from Lisbon back to Angola since 2003 have given this exile a renascent interest in his roots, this is not quite an ethnic homecoming.’
    • ‘All this started eight centuries ago when renascent Europe unleashed a colonialising campaign to reclaim the holy places.’
    • ‘I have just experienced a renascent intrerest in the endless variegation of folk music.’
    • ‘‘It's quiet now,’ he sings in the album's first line, and it is quiet at the end too, and all points in between on REM's 13 th studio set, their first since the renascent Reveal in 2001 and their least fulfilling since 1994's Monster.’
    • ‘It was a renascent Lara who returned to the game for the 2001-02 series in Sri Lanka, finding his breathtaking form once more with 221 and 130 in one Test, and posting a total of 688 runs - 42 per cent of the West Indies' output.’


Early 18th century: from Latin renascent- ‘being born again’, from the verb renasci, from re- ‘back, again’ + nasci ‘be born’.