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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of restoring a dead person, for example, to life.
  • noun The condition of having been restored to life.
  • noun The return of Jesus to life on the third day after the Crucifixion.
  • noun The restoration of the dead to life at the Last Judgment.
  • noun The act of bringing back to practice, notice, use, or vibrancy; revival.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rising again; the resumption of vigor.
  • noun Especially, the rising again from the dead; the resumption of life by the dead
  • noun State of being risen from the dead; future state.
  • noun The cause or exemplar of a rising from the dead.
  • noun a slender cross with a pennant floating from the junction of the bars.
  • noun (Bot.) a name given to several species of Selaginella (as Selaginella convoluta and Selaginella lepidophylla), flowerless plants which, when dry, close up so as to resemble a bird's nest, but revive and expand again when moistened. The name is sometimes also given to the rose of Jericho. See under Rose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin resurrēctiō, resurrēctiōn-, from Latin resurrēctus, past participle of resurgere, to rise again; see resurge.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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