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    Default Use of the word resurrect.

    "resurrect

    v 1: cause to become alive again; "raise from the dead"; "Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected"; "Upraising ghosts" [syn: raise, upraise] 2: restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state; "He revived this style of opera"; "He resurrected the tango in this remote part of Argentina" [syn: revive] 3: return from the dead; "Christ is risen!"; "The dead are to uprise" [syn: rise, uprise]"

    Can the second definition of the word resurrect be used to describe a process being performed on a person?

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    Yes, in my opinion. For example, "He has resurrected his ability in drama...", "She has resurrected her chances...".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Yes, in my opinion. For example, "He has resurrected his ability in drama...", "She has resurrected her chances...".
    Those examples are people "resurrecting" a concept or practice.
    I was asking wether or not the subject of the sentence could be a person, where the person is not dead.
    "An obscure artist was resurrected from obscurity"

    Personally, such a statement sounds like nonsense to me, but i'm looking for a second opinion.

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    It might be pushing it a bit, as a comeback is not the same as a second coming, but I have heard it used in this way, and obscurity must be like death to those who seek fame. I've also heard of artists 'resurrecting' songs they haven't played live for ages.

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