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re- +‎ surgent.


resurgent (comparative more resurgent, superlative most resurgent)

  1. Undergoing a resurgence; experiencing renewed vigor or vitality.
    • 1894, Algernon Charles Swinburne, “England: An Ode” in Astrophel and Other Poems, London: Chatto & Windus, Part I, stanza 5, p. 103,[1]
      All the terror of time, where error and fear were lords of a world of slaves,
      Age on age in resurgent rage and anguish darkening as waves on waves,
      Fell or fled from a face that shed such grace as quickens the dust of graves.
    • 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, Chapter 26, p. 184,[2]
      What if this voice should say words that it speaks already in private, should rise and not fall again, should rise and rise and rise, and the people rise with it, should madden them with thoughts of rebellion and dominion, with thoughts of power and possession? Should paint for them pictures of Africa awakening from sleep, of Africa resurgent, of Africa dark and savage?
    • 1975, Gerald Ford, State of the Union Address delivered on 15 January, 1975,[3]
      A resurgent American economy would do more to restore the confidence of the world in its own future than anything else we can do.
    • 2016 May 22, Phil McNulty, “Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United”, in BBC[4]:
      They won at West Ham in a quarter-final replay then survived a comeback from a resurgent Everton to win the semi-final with Antony Martial's late winner.
  2. (astronomy) Of a celestial object, moving upwards relative to the horizon after a period of having moved downwards.
  3. Rising again, as from the dead.
    • 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection, Aphorisms on Spiritual Religion, Aphorism 19, p. 326,[5]
      [] the co-eternal Word and only-begotten Son of the Living God, incarnate, tempted, agonizing [] , crucified, submitting to Death, resurgent, communicant of his Spirit, ascendent, and obtaining for his Church the Descent and Communion of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
    • 1867, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “May-Day” in May-Day and Other Pieces, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, p. 36,[6]
      Break not my dream, obtrusive tomb!
      Or teach thou, Spring! the grand recoil
      Of life resurgent from the soil
      Wherein was dropped the mortal spoil.



resurgent (plural resurgents)

  1. One who rises again, as from the dead.
    • 1808, Sydney Smith, “Indian Missions” in The Edinburgh Review, Volume 12, Number 23, April 1808, p. 175,[7]
      The poor man came before the Police, making the bitterest complaints upon being restored to life; and for three years the burden of supporting him fell upon the mistaken Samaritan, who had rescued him from death. During that period, scarcely a day elapsed in which the degraded resurgent did not appear before the European, and curse him with the bitterest curses—as the cause of all his misery and desolation.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for resurgent in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)




  1. third-person plural future active indicative of resurgō