Definition of Risorgimento in English:


proper noun

  • A movement for the unification and independence of Italy, which was achieved in 1870.

    renewal, revival, recovery, rally, upturn, comeback, reinvigoration, reawakening, resurrection, reappearance, re-emergence, rejuvenation, regeneration, new birth, rebirth, renaissance, new dawn, new beginning

The restoration of repressive regimes after the Napoleonic Wars led to revolts in Naples and Piedmont (1821) and Bologna (1831). With French aid the Austrians were driven out of northern Italy by 1859, and the south was won over by Garibaldi. Voting resulted in the acceptance of Victor Emmanuel II as the first king of a united Italy in 1861



/rēˌsôrjəˈmenˌ(t)ō/ /riˌsɔrdʒəˈmɛnˌ(t)oʊ/


Italian, literally ‘resurrection’.