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1590s, from Latin surgere "to rise" (see surge (n.)). In psychology from 1933.

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Examples from the Web for surgent

Historical Examples

  • Such sentences reveal a Deity who is not only manifest Character, but surgent and importunate Feeling.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I

    George Adam Smith

  • It was only Aram's pre-occupation with Assyria now surgent on the northern flank, which allowed Israel these easy victories.