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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.
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 insurgents
  • Then came a series of events last month that suggested all-out collusion with the insurgents.
  • If insurgents are successfully using surface-to-air missiles, that would be significant.
  • insurgents sought ransoms to draw attention to political grievances and to make cash.
  • These volunteers are armed and local, which makes them well-placed to spot any insurgents in their midst.
  • The insurgents were similarly surprised by the behavior of their new enemies.
  • As the military learned, positive identification depends on having a large data set of known insurgents.
  • So the insurgents have gone ever lower-tech than before.
  • And the number of insurgents in a fight might not stay close to constant, as the model presumes.
  • It would now be relatively easy for insurgents to get inside.
  • It also suffers from illiteracy, patronage by criminals and insurgents, and corruption.
British Dictionary definitions for insurgents


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 insurgents



"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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