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.

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

resurrectional, adjective
resurrective, adjective
nonresurrection, noun
nonresurrectional, adjective
postresurrection, noun
postresurrectional, adjective Unabridged
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resurrection (ˌrɛzəˈrɛkʃən)
1.  a supposed act or instance of a dead person coming back to life
2.  belief in the possibility of this as part of a religious or mystical system
3.  the condition of those who have risen from the dead: we shall all live in the resurrection
4.  the revival of something: a resurrection of an old story
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin resurrectiō, from Latin resurgere to rise again; see resurge]

Resurrection (ˌrɛzəˈrɛkʃən)
1.  the rising again of Christ from the tomb three days after his death
2.  the rising again from the dead of all mankind at the Last Judgment

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late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. resurrectiun, O.Fr. resurrection, from L.L. resurrectionem (nom. resurrectio) "a rising again from the dead," from pp. stem of L. resurgere "rise again" (see resurgent). Replaced O.E. æriste. Originally a Church festival commemorating Christ's
rising from the dead; generalized sense of "revival" is from 1640s. Also used in M.E. of the rising again of the dead on the Last Day (c.1300). Resurrect is a 1772 back-formation. Resurrection pie (1869) was schoolboy slang for a pie made from leftovers of previous meals. Resurrectionist, euphemism for "grave-robber" is attested from 1776.
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Resurrection definition

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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the rising from the dead of a divine or human being who still retains his own personhood, or individuality, though the body may or may not be changed. The belief in the resurrection of the body is usually associated with Christianity, because of the doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ, but it also is associated with later Judaism, which provided basic ideas that were expanded in Christianity and Islam.

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