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insurgency

[in-sur-juh n-see] /ɪnˈsɜr dʒən si/
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
1795-1805; insurg(ent) + -ency
Can be confused
insurgence, insurgency.
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  • 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.
  • The physicist's formula depends on press reports, to gauge how big and how deadly an insurgency is.
  • Presumably, he meant the communist insurgency still simmering in the border area.
  • So that is where reintegration of reconcilable elements of the insurgency comes in.
  • It will continue to be plagued by violence and insurgency.
  • And that may require probing the links between insurgency and the narcotics business a bit more closely.
  • If one side feels it cannot win but has no other recourse then an insurgency will occur.
Word Origin and History for insurgency
n.

1803, from insurgent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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