Definition of revivalism in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌɪv(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
1Belief in or the promotion of a revival of religious fervour: Christians of the 19th century combined revivalism with social reform
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  • The first of early Crusades were part of a religious revivalism.
  • The Methodist bishops refused to tolerate grass-roots revivalism within the ranks and ejected the most active proponents of Holiness just as the Wesley brothers had been ejected by the Anglican establishment a century before.
  • When charismatic revivalism reaches as far and wide as the Coptic church in Ethiopia, the Catholic church in India, and the Orthodox church in Romania, then we can confidently say that the phenomenon is a global Christian one.
1.1A tendency or desire to revive a former custom or practice: Seventies revivalism
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  • I had grand visions of dropping my obscure '80s post-punk gems on people, of sowing the seeds for '90s revivalism via some well placed selections.
  • Is there a reason for obsessively photographing and transmuting photographs, other than to offer them as mere aesthetic delectation in an attitude or revivalism that aligns these pictures with the tradition of the archaic in modern art?
  • Recent films that revisit 1980s youth emerge from traditions of revivalism in the context of the domestic and collective importance of television.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌɪvəlɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • His body language was all wrong, a mixture of smalltown lawyer and revivalist preacher.
  • The most revivalist denominations and local churches with strong traditions of lay preaching remained leery of a process which appeared to value learning and credentialism as much as piety and calling.
  • Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758, achieved greatness as an American preacher-evangelist, principal of a college and revivalist.


Pronunciation: /rɪvʌɪv(ə)ˈlɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Professor Pandey, according to the letter, is known for his revivalistic scholarship and has been enthusiastically propagating Dr Joshi's agenda.
  • What is most striking about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s is that its revivalistic forms and tendencies were often obvious to the participants - ministers and laypersons alike - and remain prominent in their memories.
  • In particular, the individualism of the American frontier and the Separate Baptist revivalistic legacy characterized the methods, and eventually the theology, of Southern Baptist missions and evangelism.

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