from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who steals bodies from graves in order to sell them for dissection; a body snatcher.
- n. One who brings something back into use or notice again.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A graverobber (a term commonly employed in the 18th and 19th centuries).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who steals bodies from the grave, as for dissection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes a practice of stealing bodies from the grave for dissection: also used adjectively.
- n. Hence One who unearths anything from long concealment or obscurity.
But peering from the window, he saw that the resurrectionist was a dog which already had its teeth in the cloak.
As I paraphrase this, JLA is describing the morphology of religious liberalism as "resurrectionist".
The "resurrectionist" scare was at its height then, and the patriarch, who was one of the men in Thrums paid to watch new graves in the night-time, has often told the story.
The resurrectionist took the corpse naked, this being in law a misdemeanor, as opposed to a felony if garments were taken as well
Even though I personally suspect keiths will fall to the boring old resurrectionist soul, long before he gets to actual godheads.
Things go bad when Nab, Ren, and Tom get into the resurrectionist business, and there are some gruesome and violent episodes.
Two that were particularly helpful were The Italian Boy by Sarah Wise, a non-fiction account of a trial of two resurrection men in London, and The Knife Man by Wendy Moore, a biography of John Hunter, who was a famous surgeon and resurrectionist.
Some were explicitly resurrectionist -- a god suffers, dies, and is reborn -- but that wasn't the only way the story of springtime could be told.
The last case I worked on involved a free-lance resurrectionist.
When he was beastliest, he made frequent allusions to the cooling board, referring to a revel, in which, having covered himself with glory, he awoke from a dead drunk to find himself arrayed in his shroud, since which he has been in the habit of designating himself a resurrectionist.