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revival

[ri-vahy-vuh l] /rɪˈvaɪ vəl/
noun
1.
restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.
2.
restoration to use, acceptance, or currency:
the revival of old customs.
3.
a new production of an old play.
4.
a showing of an old motion picture.
5.
an awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal religion.
6.
an evangelistic service or a series of services for the purpose of effecting a religious awakening:
to hold a revival.
7.
the act of reviving.
8.
the state of being revived.
9.
Law. the reestablishment of legal force and effect.
Origin of revival
1645-1655
1645-55; revive + -al2
Related forms
nonrevival, noun
prerevival, noun, adjective
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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.

  • It swept him away; this revival of passion was irresistible.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • This revival of classic taste in art is commonly and appropriately called Renaissance.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • Men would fain have a revival as the outgrowth of their agencies and progress.

  • 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

revival

/rɪˈvaɪvəl/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of reviving or the state of being revived
2.
an instance of returning to life or consciousness; restoration of vigour or vitality
3.
a renewed use, acceptance of, or interest in (past customs, styles, etc): a revival of learning, the Gothic revival
4.
a new production of a play that has not been recently performed
5.
a reawakening of faith or renewal of commitment to religion
6.
an evangelistic meeting or service intended to effect such a reawakening in those present
7.
the re-establishment of legal validity, as of a judgment, contract, etc
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Word Origin and History for revival
n.

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.

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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.

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