from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of rising from the dead or returning to life.
  • n. The state of one who has returned to life.
  • n. The act of bringing back to practice, notice, or use; revival.
  • n. Christianity The rising again of Jesus on the third day after the Crucifixion.
  • n. Christianity The rising again of the dead at the Last Judgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of arising from the dead and becoming alive again.
  • n. The Resurrection: The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rising again; the resumption of vigor.
  • n. Especially, the rising again from the dead; the resumption of life by the dead
  • n. State of being risen from the dead; future state.
  • n. The cause or exemplar of a rising from the dead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In theology:
  • n. A rising again from the dead.
  • n. The state which follows the resurrection; the future state.
  • n. In general, a rising again; a springing again into life or to a previous mode of existence; a restoration.
  • n. Removal of a corpse from the grave for dissection; body-snatching.

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

  • n. a revival from inactivity and disuse
  • n. (New Testament) the rising of Christ on the third day after the Crucifixion


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin resurrēctiō, resurrēctiōn-, from Latin resurrēctus, past participle of resurgere, to rise again; see resurge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman resurrectiun, from Old French resurrection (French: résurrection), from Late Latin resurrectionem (accusative of resurrectio) from Latin resurgere ("to rise again"), from 're- ("again"), + surgere ("to rise"). (Wiktionary)



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