I'm wondering if there is a more appropriate term in English that describes a rise of something (like a nation) that has already achieved that status before, like a second rise or re-rise.

  • Is there a nation anywhere to which this doesn't apply (i.e. that hasn't been great in the past)? Commented May 17, 2012 at 22:49

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We've been known to get some mileage out of the term renaissance. ("Re-nascence", or rebirth.)

In contexts less fraught with pomp and circumstance we would probably speak of a comeback.


How about resurrection? From the OED:

3. Revival or revitalization, esp. of a person who or thing which has fallen into inactivity, disuse, or obscurity; an instance of this.

Another similar option is rebirth:

2. A revival or renewal of a thing; a new beginning. Also as a mass noun.

2005 Geographical Sept. 80/1 The grim heroism in defiance of Nazi and Soviet horrors and the miraculous rebirth of the modern state.

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    I especially like rebirth.
    – J.R.
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 18:14

In recent usage, "reascendance" is a more common synonym for "rerise". Unlike some of the other suggestions here, it means exactly rising again, and does not imply starting over.

  • Try relevation then. Not to be confused with what happens when something is re-levied.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 1:15
  • Although I would generally not recommend this for "re-rise", reascendance is particularly appropriate for nations. (Not sure why ascendance is so often used for nations, but it is.)
    – Rex Kerr
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 16:51

Yet another general reference question. SIGH!

comeback, reawakening, rebirth, rebound, recovery, rejuvenation, renaissance, renascence, renewal, restoration, resurgence, resurrection, return, revitalization, revival, triumph

  • For some countries, recrudescence might be the right word. Commented May 17, 2012 at 20:36
  • @jwpat7 That one makes me think of assorted crudités in my garden regrowing after a winter die-off. But perhaps that’s the intent.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 22:12
  • I don't understand why the reference given is a SIGH. Commented May 19, 2012 at 6:42
  • @RenéNyffenegger Because questions answerable with a single link to a standard reference aren’t worth not closing as General Reference.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 27, 2012 at 14:49

Poetically, you could say such a nation

rose like a phoenix from the ashes



If you'll be using this in context, then just say "rose again". As an aside, isn't re-raise used in Poker?


"Reawakening" could be a useful word. "Resurrection" is another one.

If it doesn't have to be one word, saying that a specific object "rises again" isn't bad to say.


If it's a nation you're referring to, and you don't mind a loanword, "Risorgimento".

  • That's "resurgence" in English, which is not the worst word for the purpose either.
    – chaos
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 15:24
  • I used the Italian because tcrist already included "resurgence" in his answer, but mainly because it directs the reader to the example of Italy.
    – JeffSahol
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 15:26
  • Oh, I see, I missed tcrist's usage.
    – chaos
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 15:28

Thinking about how I would describe China as the former and future world leader, I would speak of the return or re-emergence of China as a world leader. I would be comfortable with someone else using reascendance but it would not be my first choice. Google says re-emergence is much more commonly used but I grant that reascendence is more precise.

  • I wouldn’t spell reemergence with neither a hyphen nor a diaeresis; re-emergence or the older reëmergence both look better than something that looks like a remerger of some sort.
    – tchrist
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 1:08
  • @tchrist, I detest using diereses in English; I hesitate to use one even with naïve. It looks foreign and/or pretentious. I prefer re-emergence to reemergence but due to an issue with Google's Ngram viewer I mistakenly thought I was in a tiny minority. Re-checking, I see I'm not, so I edited my post accordingly.
    – Old Pro
    Commented May 18, 2012 at 1:53

Rerise is not a regular or commonly used word. Rise serves both purposes most of the time.

The sun sets, and rises the next morning. You rise from sleep. The Phoenix rises from the ashes.

Similarly, dynasties that fell have risen after decades.

Rise can thus be used, with 'again' if needed.

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