One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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