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recrudesce

[ree-kroo-des]
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verb (used without object), re·cru·desced, re·cru·desc·ing.
  1. to break out afresh, as a sore, a disease, or anything else that has been quiescent.

Origin of recrudesce

1880–85; < Latin recrūdēscere to become raw again, equivalent to re- re- + crūdēscere to grow harsh, worse (crūd(us) bloody (see crude) + -ēscere inchoative suffix)

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erupt, revive.
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Examples from the Web for recrudesce

Historical Examples

  • It was noticeable that in these rambling soliloquies his English seemed to recrudesce into better construction and phraseology.

    The Scarlet Plague

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for recrudesce

recrudesce

verb
  1. (intr) (of a disease, trouble, etc) to break out or appear again after a period of dormancy; recur
Derived Formsrecrudescence, nounrecrudescent, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin recrūdēscere to become raw again, from re- + crūdēscere to grow worse, from crūdus bloody, raw; see crude
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Word Origin and History for recrudesce

v.

1875, "break out afresh," back-formation from recrudescence or else from Latin recrudescere "become raw again, break open afresh." Related: Recrudesced; recrudescing.

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