insurgency

[in-sur-juhn-see]
noun, plural insurgencies for 4.
1.
the state or condition of being insurgent.
2.
insurrection against an existing government, usually one's own, by a group not recognized as having the status of a belligerent.
3.
rebellion within a group, as by members against leaders.

Origin:
1795–1805; insurg(ent) + -ency

insurgence, insurgency.
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insurgent (ɪnˈsɜːdʒənt)
 
adj
1.  rebellious or in revolt, as against a government in power or the civil authorities
 
n
2.  a person who takes part in an uprising or rebellion; insurrectionist
3.  international law a person or group that rises in revolt against an established government or authority but whose conduct does not amount to belligerency
 
[C18: from Latin insurgēns rising upon or against, from insurgere to rise up, from surgere to rise]
 
in'surgency
 
n

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Example sentences
The insurgency was not collapsing then and it is not resurgent now.
It's long been in the insurgency manual to try to provoke overreaction.
The local economy is choked, as so often in two decades of insurgency and
  protests.
They have little income to fund a full-scale insurgency.
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