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Pronunciation:  ri`jenu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting
  2. [n]  the activity of spiritual or physical renewal
  3. [n]  feedback in phase with (augmenting) the input
  4. [n]  (biology) growth anew of lost tissue or destroyed parts or organs

REGENERATION is a 12 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: positive feedback, re-formation
 See Also: biological process, feedback, morphallaxis, organic process, reconstruction, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival, revivification, vicious circle, vicious cycle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*gen`er*a"tion\ (-?"sh?n), n. [L. regeneratio:
cf. F. r['e]g['e]neration.]
1. The act of regenerating, or the state of being

2. (Theol.) The entering into a new spiritual life; the act
   of becoming, or of being made, Christian; that change by
   which holy affectations and purposes are substituted for
   the opposite motives in the heart.

         He saved us by the washing of regeneration, and
         renewing of the Holy Chost.           --Tit. iii. 5.

3. (Biol.) The reproduction of a part which has been removed
   or destroyed; re-formation; -- a process especially
   characteristic of a many of the lower animals; as, the
   regeneration of lost feelers, limbs, and claws by spiders
   and crabs.

4. (Physiol.)
   (a) The reproduction or renewal of tissues, cells, etc.,
       which have been used up and destroyed by the ordinary
       processes of life; as, the continual regeneration of
       the epithelial cells of the body, or the regeneration
       of the contractile substance of muscle.
   (b) The union of parts which have been severed, so that
       they become anatomically perfect; as, the regeneration
       of a nerve.

Easton Bible Dictionary

only found in Matt. 19:28 and Titus 3:5. This word literally means a "new birth." The Greek word so rendered (palingenesia) is used by classical writers with reference to the changes produced by the return of spring. In Matt. 19:28 the word is equivalent to the "restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21). In Titus 3:5 it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life (1 John 3:14); becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17); being born again (John 3:5); a renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:2); a resurrection from the dead (Eph. 2:6); a being quickened (2:1, 5).

This change is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. It originates not with man but with God (John 1:12, 13; 1 John 2:29; 5:1, 4).

As to the nature of the change, it consists in the implanting of a new principle or disposition in the soul; the impartation of spiritual life to those who are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins."

The necessity of such a change is emphatically affirmed in Scripture (John 3:3; Rom. 7:18; 8:7-9; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1; 4:21-24).