Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being recrudescent.
  • n. the acute recurrence of a disease, or its symptoms, after a period of improvement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or condition of being recrudescent.
  • n. Increased severity of a disease after temporary remission.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being recrudescent, or becoming raw or exacerbated again.
  • n. Hence A reopening; renewal; a coming into existence anew; a fresh outbreak.
  • n. In medicine, increased activity of a disease or morbid process after partial recovery.
  • n. In botany, the production of a fresh shoot from the top of a ripened spike.
  • n. Figuratively, a return; a re-appearance: as “The Recrudescence of Imray,” the original title of a story by Rudyard Kipling in “Mine Own People.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a return of something after a period of abatement

Etymologies

From Latin recrudescere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In Patterns of American Jurisprudence, Neil Duxbury wrote, "By the late 1930s, Roscoe Pound, once keen for the expansion of administrative powers, was rallying against what he termed the recrudescence of administrative absolutism."

    Roscoe Pound and the Administrative State

  • Patterns of American Jurisprudence, Neil Duxbury wrote, "By the late 1930s, Roscoe Pound, once keen for the expansion of administrative powers, was rallying against what he termed the recrudescence of administrative absolutism."

    Legal History Blog

  • Kirschleger [106] describes a tuft of leaves as occurring on the apex of the flowering spike after the maturation of the fruit in _Plantago_, and a similar growth frequently takes place in the common wallflower, in _Antirrhinum majus_, &c. In cases where a renewal of growth in the axis of inflorescence has taken place after the ripening of the fruit, the French botanists use the term recrudescence, but the growth in question by no means always occurs after the ripening of the fruit, but frequently before.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • In fact, Pound considered what he variously called the recrudescence of “justice without law,” “the rise of personal government,” and the “growth of administrative law” cause for concern not celebration.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • One might think that she actually likes the music, but her brahmin vocabulary gives her away: "recrudescence" generally refers to unpleasant conditions, such as a disease.

    Declining Rock?

  • Rancor over these differences feeds the recrudescence of fratricidal violence across the centuries.

    Bloodlust

  • But scarcely had I dropped into slumber when I was aroused by the recrudescence of my hives.

    CHAPTER X

  • Now stumbling and halting, and again in feverish haste, as the recrudescence of forgotten words was fast or slow, she moved about the cabin, naming article after article.

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • He still had recrudescence of geniality, but they were largely periodical and forced, and they were usually due to the cocktails he took prior to meal-time.

    Chapter V

  • He had been to the working-class picnics too often in his earlier life not to know what they were like, and as he entered the park he experienced a recrudescence of all the old sensations.

    Chapter 42

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  • "The army feared a recrudescence of influenza among troops; it had good reason to fear one."
    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 357

    February 17, 2009

  • I see this word a lot in Conrad.

    February 23, 2008

  • You never seem to hear of crudescence, do you?

    January 11, 2008

  • First encountered this word in some column by George Will. Which just figures. (Both the fact that it was a George Will-dispatched vocabulary word, and the fact that I have zero recollection of the article save for said word.)

    January 11, 2008