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[ri-vahy-vuh l] /rɪˈvaɪ vəl/
restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.
restoration to use, acceptance, or currency:
the revival of old customs.
a new production of an old play.
a showing of an old motion picture.
an awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal religion.
an evangelistic service or a series of services for the purpose of effecting a religious awakening:
to hold a revival.
the act of reviving.
the state of being revived.
Law. the reestablishment of legal force and effect.
Origin of revival
1645-55; revive + -al2
Related forms
nonrevival, noun
prerevival, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Scarred and weather-bronzed sailors idly dream away the passing hours, waiting in vain for a revival of the once happy days.

  • His death was a myth for the decay of vegetation, and his resurrection was a myth for its revival.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • This revival of classic taste in art is commonly and appropriately called Renaissance.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • Sadie, following the revival, had joined the church, and she felt she knew where she stood.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • All through the summer of 1865 the revival meetings went on, conducted by new self-called colored preachers and the missionaries.

British Dictionary definitions for revival


the act or an instance of reviving or the state of being revived
an instance of returning to life or consciousness; restoration of vigour or vitality
a renewed use, acceptance of, or interest in (past customs, styles, etc): a revival of learning, the Gothic revival
a new production of a play that has not been recently performed
a reawakening of faith or renewal of commitment to religion
an evangelistic meeting or service intended to effect such a reawakening in those present
the re-establishment of legal validity, as of a judgment, contract, etc
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Word Origin and History for revival

1650s, "act of reviving;" 1660s, "the bringing of an old play back to the stage," from revive + -al (2). First in sense "general religious awakening in a community" by Cotton Mather, 1702; revivalist is first attested 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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revival in Culture

revival definition

In Christianity, an energetic meeting intended to “revive” religious faith. Common among fundamentalists, these meetings are characterized by impassioned preaching and singing.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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