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From Latin restauratio Morphologically restore +‎ -ation


  • IPA(key): /ɹɛstəˈɹeɪʃən/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧sto‧ra‧tion


restoration (countable and uncountable, plural restorations)

The restoration of antique mirror involved repainting its frame.
  1. The process of bringing an object back to its original state; the process of restoring something.
    • 1921, T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood, "The Possibility of a Poetic Drama":
      There is all the difference between preservation and restoration.
    foreskin restoration
    The restoration of this painting will take years.
    The restoration of this medieval church involved undoing all the Victorian modifications.
  2. The return of a former monarchy or monarch to power, usually after having been forced to step down.
    • 1680, John Dryden, Albion and Albanius, Act I, secene 1:
      Behold the differing climes agree
      Rejoicing in thy restoration.
    The restoration of the House of Stuart took place a few years after the death of Cromwell.
    The restoration of the Kingdom of Spain took place immediately after the death of Franco.
  3. (theology) The receiving of a sinner to divine favor.

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