see also: Restoration
  • IPA: /ɹɛstəˈɹeɪʃən/


  1. The process of bringing an object back to its original state; the process of restoring something.
    • 1921, T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood, "The Possibility of a Poetic Drama":
      There is all the difference between preservation and restoration.
    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.
    • 1680, John Dryden, Albion and Albanius, Act I, secene 1:
      Behold the differing climes agree
      Rejoicing in thy restoration.
    The restoration of the House of Stuart took place a few years after the death of Cromwell.
    The restoration of the Kingdom of Spain took place immediately after the death of Franco.
  3. (theology) The receiving of a sinner to divine favor.
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Proper noun
  1. (history of United Kingdom) The events of 1660 when English, Scottish and Irish monarchies were restored under Charles II.
  2. (history of United Kingdom) The era of Restoration (1660 to 1685) under Charles II, or to 1688 when James II was king.
  3. (history of France) The restoring of the Bourbon Dynasty in 1814.
  4. (history of Japan) The restoring of imperial rule in Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji.

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