Awakening



rousing; quickening:
an awakening interest in ballet.
the act of awaking from sleep.
a revival of interest or attention.
a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something:
a rude awakening to the disagreeable facts.
a renewal of interest in religion, especially in a community; a revival.
to awake; waken.
Contemporary Examples

Then the tribes joined with the Americans in the “Sunni awakening” to expel al Qaeda.
Iraq Preps for a Civil War Rematch Jamie Dettmer June 22, 2014

These people who escaped were put into jail because of those fighting al Qaeda in the awakening.
Al Qaeda in Iraq Abu Ghraib Jailbreak a Counterterrorism Nightmare Eli Lake July 28, 2013

Her screams attracted attention, awakening one man who lived on the seventh floor of a nine-story building across the street.
The Myth of the Central Park Five Edward Conlon October 18, 2014

We have the awakening and the resistance threatening to return if the sectarian government comes into office.
Iraq’s Next First Daughter? Michael Hastings March 11, 2010

Second awakening: mid-19th century; after Civil War evangelicalism flows westward (William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska).
The Will to Disbelieve Jeffrey Hart April 15, 2009

Historical Examples

He had spent long hours in awakening in his memory those voices.
The Scarecrow and Other Stories G. Ranger Wormser

He did not want to risk her awakening to a spoiled life and disappointed hopes.
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

She is alone in the world, and around her is only the miracle of awakening spring.
The Children’s Life of the Bee Maurice Maeterlinck

The giants upon the hillside were just awakening from their night’s sleep.
Opera Stories from Wagner Florence Akin

What more delicious to a young girl’s heart than the consciousness of awakening love?
Tara Philip Meadows Taylor

noun
the start of a feeling or awareness in a person: a picture of an emotional awakening
v.

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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