rise from the dead

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A translation of the Ancient Greek ἀνίστημι ἐκ νεκρῶν (anístēmi ek nekrôn), from ἀνίστημι (anístēmi) and νεκρός (nekrós, dead person; dead). Used in the King James Bible, for instance.


rise from the dead (third-person singular simple present rises from the dead, present participle rising from the dead, simple past rose from the dead, past participle risen from the dead)

  1. To become alive (or undead) after having died.
    • 2014 October 6, Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae, “Ebola 'risen from the dead' zombie story is a complete hoax”, in Independent:
      The story of dead Ebola victims rising from the dead, with the first "picture" of one of the zombies that has gone viral, (if it weren't glaringly obvious) is a hoax.
    • 2014, Bonnke, Reinhard, Raised From the Dead: The Miracle that Brings Promise to America:
      “My husband is a man of God,” she repeated. “He had an accident and died, but God has told me that if I can get him to Bonnke, he will rise from the dead.”
    • 1997 March 8, Coghlan, Andy, “Will cloned cows rise from the dead?”, in New Scientist:
  2. (figuratively) To come back into general use after becoming obsolete.
    • 2016 December 11, Elliott, Larry, “Keynesian economics: is it time for the theory to rise from the dead?”, in The Guardian[1]:
    • 2016 September 28, Samuelson, Robert J., “Will the TPP rise from the dead?”, in The Washington Post:
    • 2016 October 19, McMillan, Brad, “Active Management Could Rise From The Dead”, in Forbes:


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