reawakening

[ uh-wey-kuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF reawakening
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But the new voice was stilled into nothingness by the shrill, reawakening falsetto.

According to this same theory the reawakening of an older impression is an ecphory.

Nor was the reawakening of the community by any means confined to the boys and girls.

I have seen signs of the reawakening of greed, of selfishness.

Before this, however, there were symptoms of the reawakening of a dormant idea.

He had rattled on and on with the hope of reawakening her enthusiasm first, then her sympathy, then—but no!

It is as if some of the original impulse to make music were reawakening.

The imagination of the detective found a way of reawakening the interest.

The reawakening of his old life in him was strange and slow.

We seemed to keep equal pace with the reawakening of the vegetable world northwards, and even to go faster than it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English awæcnan (intransitive), "to spring into being, arise, originate," also, less often, "to wake up;" earlier onwæcnan, from a- (1) "on" + wæcnan (see waken). Transitive meaning "to rouse from sleep" is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "to stir up, rouse to activity" is from c.1600.

Originally strong declension (past tense awoc, past participle awacen), already in Old English it was confused with awake (v.) and a weak past tense awæcnede (modern awakened) emerged and has since become the accepted form, with awoke and awoken transferred to awake. Subtle shades of distinction determine the use of awake or awaken in modern English. Related: Awakening.

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