American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The spirit or activities characteristic of religious revivals.
- n. A desire or inclination to revive what belongs to an earlier time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That form of religious activity which manifests itself in revivals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The spirit of religious revivals; the methods of revivalists.
- n. an attempt to reawaken the evangelical faith
“Twisted Sister reunites: Why '80s revivalism is a bad thing”
“These days, a working country artist can either move the genre forward into unrecognizability -- the course Nashville has chosen -- or backward into revivalism, which is what such retrosmarties as Gillian Welch or Jim Lauderdale or Dale Watson are up to.”
“Like most currents of what we call "revivalism," it usually had an erotic side; and the larger temples frequently have attached to them female staffs of attendant votaries and _corps de ballet_ of very easy virtue.”
“Mere common 'revivalism'! the critic will say, and it may be so.”
“The First Great Awakening, the wave of Protestant evangelical revivalism that swept from England through the colonies from about 1730 to about 1760, was thoroughly infused with egalitarian ideology and formed part of the background to the American Revolution.”
“Glenn Beck and the Tea Party represent a very vocal minority, so worked up about the direction of our nation that they'll pour into Washington by the hundreds of thousands to worship at the feet of a religious revivalism rooted in nostalgia for a white-washed version of America that never was.”
“But it was around that radical organization that Egypt's opposition politics coalesced, centering on Islamic revivalism.”
“As part of this revivalism, rural pastors encouraged "outdoor communal rites" that became public displays of Christian faith, often witnessed by dozens, even hundreds, of people.”
“While city growth and waves of immigrants changed the face of industrialized urban America, economic depression and religious revivalism marked life in the predominately Protestant South and rural Midwest.”
“Their platform of political Islam teaches Islamic revivalism and an aversion to the separation of mosque and state.”
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