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[in-sur-juh nt] /ɪnˈsɜr dʒənt/
a person who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority, especially a person who engages in armed resistance to a government or to the execution of its laws; rebel.
a member of a section of a political party that revolts against the methods or policies of the party.
of or characteristic of an insurgent or insurgents.
surging or rushing in:
The insurgent waves battered the shore.
Origin of insurgent
1755-65; < Latin insurgent- (stem of insurgēns) present participle of insurgere to get up, ascend, rebel. See in-2, surge, -ent
3. rebellious, revolutionary, mutinous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insurgent
  • But such suspicions of insurgent links to antiquity smuggling have drawn mixed opinions in the past from experts.
  • In the past six months the oil infrastructure has become a focus for insurgent attacks.
  • The upgrade in insurgent technology couldn't come at a worse time.
  • The junta's failure to co-opt or crush insurgent groups is a blot on its own copybook.
  • It was the single deadliest insurgent strike in more than four years of war.
  • Troops on patrol come under sustained, accurate insurgent fire and get pinned behind their truck.
  • With insurgent violence worsening on both sides of the border, the consequences could be grim.
  • It was the beginning of the end for his insurgent campaign.
  • The military's tried nearly everything to stop insurgent bombs.
  • Even if talks began with some insurgent factions, the violence would not subside fast.
British Dictionary definitions for insurgent


rebellious or in revolt, as against a government in power or the civil authorities
a person who takes part in an uprising or rebellion; insurrectionist
(international law) a person or group that rises in revolt against an established government or authority but whose conduct does not amount to belligerency
Derived Forms
insurgency, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin insurgēns rising upon or against, from insurgere to rise up, from surgere to rise
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Word Origin and History for insurgent

"one who rises in revolt," 1765, from Latin insurgentem (nominative insurgens), present participle of insurgere "rise up, rise against, revolt," from in- "against," or perhaps merely intensive, + surgere "to rise" (see surge). An obsolete verb insurge "to rise in opposition or insurrection" is attested from 1530s.

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