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1 the reign of Charles II in England; 1660-1685
2 the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
3 getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing" [syn: restitution, return, regaining]
4 the state of being restored to its former good condition; "the inn was a renovation of a Colonial house" [syn: renovation, refurbishment]
5 some artifact that has been restored or reconstructed; "the restoration looked exactly like the original"
6 a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.
7 the re-establishment of the British monarchy in 1660

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  1. the process of bringing an object back to its original state
    The restoration of this painting will take years.
    The restoration of this medieval church involved undoing all the Victorian modifications.
  2. the return of a former monarchy or monarch to power, usually after having been forced to step down
    The restoration of the House of Stuart took place a few years after the death of Cromwell.


the process of bringing an object back to its original state
the return of a former monarchy or monarch to power

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Extensive Definition

Restoration may refer to:
A restoration is a historical episode whereby a previous government over an area or jurisdiction is reinstated. Restoration is inclusive also of the period immediately following that episode. For example, the restoration of the Union after Appomattox, i.e. the defeat of the secession under the Confederate States of America.
In the sense of undoing or reversing a revolution like that attempted by the Confederacy, the restoration would be counterrevolutionary. The book, Treatise on Twelve Lights (2008) proposes, for example, a counterrevolution to postmodernism in order to "Restore America the Beautiful under God and the Written Constitution."
Historical examples of political restoration outside the United States:
The French equivalent (the Restauration), or the European Restoration, are also used as umbrella terms for such restorations following the fall of Napoleon in 1814, such as:
Literature of the English Restoration period (1660 to 1700).
  • Restorationism is a religious motif, typified by various movements of the 19th century which sought return to the original pattern of Christianity.
  • Restoration Branches, independent organizations that have left the Community of Christ
  • Restorationism is a doctrine of universal reconciliation associated with Origen or some of his interpreters, especially in the theological school of Alexandria, revived among some nineteenth century Universalists under the name of "restorationism". Restorationists taught that every soul will ultimately be restored to fellowship with God, although some must suffer punishments due to their sins before they are reconciled.
  • In Christianity, the restoration of a person. An example of this can be found in John 21:15-19 where Peter is restored by Christ
restoration in German: Restauration
restoration in Spanish: Restauración
restoration in French: Restauration
restoration in Hebrew: רסטורציה
restoration in Dutch: Restauratie
restoration in Japanese: 王政復古
restoration in Norwegian: Restaurering
restoration in Simple English: Restoration
restoration in Slovak: Reštaurácia

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