In evangelical parlance, it can mean a "camp meeting" - a nightly series of services. In history, it has meant a mass outbreak of belief, mass conversions of non-believers or Christians whose faith was lukewarm. Often the effect dissipates after a while. Current ones in Toronto and Pensacola have gained fame.

In theatre, it's a new production of a classic work - Death of a Salesman on Broadway, for instance.

In pop culture, a retro thing, e.g. a glam revival.

Re*viv"al (?), n. [From Revive.]

The act of reviving, or the state of being revived.

Specifically: (a)

Renewed attention to something, as to letters or literature

. (b)

Renewed performance of, or interest in, something, as the drama and literature

. (c)

Renewed interest in religion, after indifference and decline; a period of religious awakening; special religious interest

. (d)

Reanimation from a state of langour or depression; -- applied to the health, spirits, and the like

. (e)

Renewed pursuit, or cultivation, or flourishing state of something, as of commerce, arts, agriculture

. (f)

Renewed prevalence of something, as a practice or a fashion

. (g) Law

Restoration of force, validity, or effect; renewal; as, the revival of a debt barred by limitation; the revival of a revoked will, etc.


Revivification, as of a metal. See Revivification, 2.


© Webster 1913.

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