"to raise from the dead or the grave, reanimate, restore to life," 1772, a back-formation from resurrection on the model of connect, protect, etc. Generally frowned upon by purists and marked "colloquial" in Century Dictionary (1895), but others see value in it. "The correct form is resurge, which, however, is intransitive only, whereas the verb resurrect can be used both as transitive and intransitive ..." [Klein]. Related: Resurrected; resurrecting.
updated on July 25, 2021
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