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[in-sur-juh n-see] /ɪnˈsɜr dʒən si/
noun, plural insurgencies for 4.
the state or condition of being insurgent.
insurrection against an existing government, usually one's own, by a group not recognized as having the status of a belligerent.
rebellion within a group, as by members against leaders.
Origin of insurgency
1795-1805; insurg(ent) + -ency
Can be confused
insurgence, insurgency. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Their father had been a stalwart before them in Iowa, where Cummins had created so much commotion with his insurgency.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • No insurgency of words arose in denunciation of the wrong done to her nature.

  • In short, insurgency ceased to be a valid plea; if it existed in fact, officially it had become a dead letter.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • The people of Virginia were most anxious to get rid of a band of malefactors guilty of insurgency, conspiracy, and rebellion.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • "Annette is here," said Tinman, who had been showing Etna's tokens of insurgency.

Word Origin and History for insurgency

1803, from insurgent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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