1. The office of ruler; rule; authority; government.
2. Especially, the office, jurisdiction, or dominion of a regent or vicarious ruler, or of a body of regents; deputed
or vicarious government. Sir W. Temple.
3. A body of men intrusted with vicarious government; as, a regency constituted during a king's minority,
absence from the kingdom, or other disability.
A council or regency consisting of twelve persons.Lowth.
(Re*gen"er*a*cy) n. [See Regenerate.] The state of being regenerated. Hammond.
(Re*gen"er*ate) a. [L. regeneratus, p. p. of regenerare to regenerate; pref. re- re- +
generare to beget. See Generate.]
The earthly author of my blood,Shak.
Whose youthful spirit, in me regenerate,
Doth with a twofold vigor lift me
2. (Theol.) Born anew; become Christian; renovated in heart; changed from a natural to a spiritual state.
(Re*gen"er*ate) v. t.
1. To generate or produce anew; to reproduce; to give new life, strength, or vigor to.
Through all the soil a genial fferment spreads.Blackmore.
Regenerates the plauts, and new adorns the meads.
2. (Theol.) To cause to be spiritually born anew; to cause to become a Christian; to convert from sin to
holiness; to implant holy affections in the heart of.
3. Hence, to make a radical change for the better in the character or condition of; as, to regenerate
(Re*gen"er*ate*ness) n. The quality or state of being rgenerate.
(Re*gen`er*a"tion) n. [L. regeneratio: cf. F. régéneration.]
1. The act of regenerating, or the state of being regenerated.
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.
(Re*gen"er*a*tive) a. Of or pertaining to regeneration; tending to regenerate; as, regenerative
influences. H. Bushnell.