[ rez-uh-rek-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛz əˈrɛk ʃən /
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the act of rising from the dead.
(initial capital letter) the rising of Christ after His death and burial.
(initial capital letter) the rising of the dead on Judgment Day.
the state of those risen from the dead.
a rising again, as from decay, disuse, etc.; revival.
Christian Science. a rising above mortality through the understanding of spiritual life as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
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Origin of resurrection

1250–1300; Middle English (<Old French ) <Latin resurrēctiōn- (stem of resurrēctiō) the Easter church-festival, equivalent to resurrēct(us) (past participle of resurgere to rise again; see resurge) + -iōn--ion

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How to use resurrection in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for resurrection (1 of 2)

/ (ˌrɛzəˈrɛkʃən) /

a supposed act or instance of a dead person coming back to life
belief in the possibility of this as part of a religious or mystical system
the condition of those who have risen from the deadwe shall all live in the resurrection
the revival of somethinga resurrection of an old story

Derived forms of resurrection

resurrectional or resurrectionary, adjective

Word Origin for resurrection

C13: via Old French from Late Latin resurrectiō, from Latin resurgere to rise again; see resurge

British Dictionary definitions for resurrection (2 of 2)

/ (ˌrɛzəˈrɛkʃən) /

noun Christian theol
the rising again of Christ from the tomb three days after his death
the rising again from the dead of all mankind at the Last Judgment
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Cultural definitions for resurrection


The rising of Jesus from the tomb after his death; a central and distinctive belief of the Christian faith. The Gospels state that after Jesus was crucified and lay in a tomb between Friday evening and Sunday morning, he rose, in body as well as in spirit, and appeared alive to his followers. His resurrection is the basis for the Christian belief that not only Jesus but all Christians will triumph over death. Christians celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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