means in medical use ‘the breaking out again of a disease’, and in generalized use should be restricted to contexts in which something harmful or unwelcome recurs:

• Cohen's piece represents a recrudescence of the worst forms of cold war liberalism —Dissent, 2002 [OEC].

Fowler (1926) noted that the word was becoming fashionable as a simple synonym for ‘revival’ or ‘reappearance’ among journalists in his day. He called this a ‘disgusting use’ and we can see what he means when we come across such absurd uses as the following:

• Both works, however, may be thought to share a secret, and a set of clues, which bear witness to the recrudescence of a hippy magic —K. Miller, 1989.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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