I am looking for an antonym for the word resurrect.

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    Are you looking for this? If yes will be your answer then, actually it is the first search result from google when I was searched using the keyword "antoym for RESURRECT". – Rajaprabhu Aravindasamy Sep 15 '13 at 13:34
  • please provide the context. – user49727 Sep 15 '13 at 13:55
  • We need more context. You can resurrect the project, or you can bury the project, for example. – FumbleFingers Sep 15 '13 at 14:19
  • Antonyms depend on context. "The" antonym of man is woman, boy, god, robot, alien, animal — even though a man is an animal. Likewise, "the" antonym for resurrect could be the action of killing, or the action of leaving dead, or the action of postponing the resurrection, or something else I haven't thought of right now. Whenever you ask for an antonym or a synonym, always provide context, otherwise your question simply cannot be answered. And if you actually do want to have a list of any and all possible antonyms or synonyms, check out a Thesaurus. That's their whole job. – RegDwigнt Sep 15 '13 at 15:56
  • I vote for inhume. – terdon Sep 15 '13 at 16:10

Death, Extinction, Expiration are some antonyms.


Unresurrected exists in dictionaries and is encountered in poems and literature. However context is required to establish the meaning and the relevant appropriate antonym.

  • The definitions in your link are all for resurrect. – Roaring Fish Sep 15 '13 at 14:34

It's hard to make a suggestion as the question itself does not clarify context.

Maybe bury can work in some contexts (but probably not really an antonym).


  • In theological circles, burial is considered the opposite of resurrection – Affable Geek Sep 15 '13 at 15:20

The antonym will depend on how you view resurrection.

If you see it as a process of making a dead person live, then the opposite is making a live person dead and the antonym would be kill or a synonym of kill.

If you view resurrect as ending the state of death, then the opposite would be not ending the state of death. This could be to do nothing instead of resurrecting, which means the antonym is dead, or arguably it could be any action and hence any verb except 'resurrect', as in NOT-resurrect. The same argument says that the opposite of red is NOT-red, which is any colour except red.

  • ? could be do nothing ? – James Waldby - jwpat7 Sep 15 '13 at 15:02
  • Do nothing as in look at the corpse, and then do nothing - leave it dead - instead of resurrecting it. – Roaring Fish Sep 15 '13 at 15:05
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    I understand, now you've explained, but clearly the sentence is easily misconstrued. Perhaps italicize do nothing, and add a comma after it as well. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Sep 15 '13 at 15:08
  • I din't italicise because I am not suggesting 'do nothing' as an antonym, but I will try to clarify it a bit. – Roaring Fish Sep 15 '13 at 15:10

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