[ri-vahy-vuh-liz-uh m]


the form of religious activity that manifests itself in revivals.
the tendency to revive what belongs to the past.

Origin of revivalism

First recorded in 1805–15; revival + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for revivalism

Historical Examples of revivalism

  • This was the second great period of revivalism in New England.

    Unitarianism in America

    George Willis Cooke

  • A more complete parallel to the consequences of revivalism in Italy could not be found.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • But the advocate of revivalism quite misses the true significance of the fact.

    Religion & Sex

    Chapman Cohen

  • Revivalism was therefore the distinct outgrowth of Puritanism, the expression of its individualistic spirit.

    Unitarianism in America

    George Willis Cooke

  • We shall have to consider later what useful purpose (if any) is served by this free-and-easy use of the dialect of revivalism.

    God and Mr. Wells

    William Archer

British Dictionary definitions for revivalism



a movement, esp an evangelical Christian one, that seeks to reawaken faith
the tendency or desire to revive former customs, styles, etc
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