Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. breaking out again or reemerging after temporary abatement or suppression
  • adj. growing raw, sore, or painful again

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing raw, sore, or painful again.
  • adj. Breaking out again after temporary abatement or supression.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Growing raw, sore, or painful again.
  • Coming into existence or renewed vigor again.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. the revival of an unfortunate situation after a period of abatement

Etymologies

From the Latin recrudescere "to become raw again"; from re- + crudescere "to become hard or raw" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Less a musical extravaganza than a pre-emptive wake, the summer "classic rock" festival is clouded by the shadow of the Grim Reaper, marking the triumph of the recrudescent, the cataleptic and James Taylor.

    Rockers Too Far Up the Stairway to Heaven

  • Before he knew it, with a recrudescent guilty pang, he had tossed the half-smoked cigar away and slackened his pace until his feet dragged in the old lifeless, East Falls manner.

    THE PRODIGAL FATHER

  • Because of a recrudescent nativism, we send home thousands upon thousands of foreign students who have gotten masters and doctoral degrees in the hard sciences at American universities.

    The End of American Optimism

  • I mean what will these recrudescent culture warriors do if they cannot refight the 1990's with a boring candidate and her overwrought spouse?

    Obama's Victory Speech: "The Status Quo Is Fighting Back With Everything It's Got"

  • Instead of ending, history looped back on itself, and we are now confronted by a recrudescent and particularly virulent religious ideology straight out of the Middle Ages.

    In a Letter to His Kids, Wired's Founding Editor Recalls the Dawn of the Digital Revolution

  • Instead, given the terrain of Pakistan's western borderlands, the strikes are more likely to result in civilian casualties, provoke more public anger, and ultimately fail in suppressing the recrudescent Taliban.

    Pakistan’s Double-Cross

  • Smaller ethnic communities in Kosovo are also at risk, in the face of a recrudescent Albanian nationalism.

    Let's Avoid Another Kosovo Crisis

  • It is increasingly challenged by the recrudescent Taliban and new recruits who have regained control of much of the south.

    FOREIGN POLICY

  • For Levinas, Heidegger's philosophy was a thinking of the neuter, a recrudescent paganism that sacralized natural events and anonymous forces.

    Emmanuel Levinas

  • If you mix in patrician circles in the U.K., you will cast an eye over ITV's diet of game shows, advertisements, celebrity-driven news, recrudescent James Bond seasons, hammy homegrown soap operas and motor racing, and marvel that anybody would want anything to do with this philistine Elysium.

    People To Watch: March 27-31The Week Ahead: March 27-31

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  • "They were all-but-forgotten people: the breed that was remembered with a start, or with the unreality of a recrudescent dream." From Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake.

    February 12, 2011

  • I think this word, which means breaking out again or renewing should be dusted off and brought back into use. Plus, it's just a fun word to say.

    May 16, 2009

  • Something bad happens: "Oh crud."
    Time passes.
    Something worse happens: "Oh crud, again."

    January 18, 2008

  • Once a lad from the fertile crescent
    had an idea he considered incandescent:
    He treated his chlamydia
    with baths most fastidia,
    But his condition soon proved recrudescent

    December 20, 2007