Definition of resurrectionist in US English:



  • 1A person who illegally exhumes bodies in order to sell them to anatomists; a bodysnatcher. Compare "resurrection man". Now historical.

  • 2Chiefly Christian Church. A believer in resurrection.

  • 3A person who brings something to light or notice again; a reviver of a disused practice or operation.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Annual Register. From resurrection + -ist.