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[in-suh-rek-shuh n] /ˌɪn səˈrɛk ʃən/
an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.
Origin of insurrection
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin insurrēctiōn- (stem of insurrēctiō), equivalent to insurrēct(us) (past participle of insurgere; see insurgent) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
insurrectional, adjective
insurrectionally, adverb
insurrectionism, noun
insurrectionist, noun
insurgency, uprising, mutiny. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insurrection
  • The picture of the volcano as positive symbol of insurrection against social injustice needed more time to become popular.
  • Although they came to form a majority of the country population they never made a successful insurrection.
  • Events have since evolved into a budding insurrection.
  • Normally this was to be accomplished by armed insurrection against the existing order.
  • It grounds this claim in the right of insurrection, which clearly does exist whenever tyranny exists.
  • It's relatively rare that the company that's triumphant in the commodity phase can move back to the insurrection phase.
  • Nowadays moonshiners prefer tax evasion to insurrection to protect their trade.
  • The implied threat of renewed insurrection may be a bluff.
  • The cheated victors became founders of the insurrection.
  • It takes a dedicated insurrection to destroy sprawling oil infrastructure.
British Dictionary definitions for insurrection


the act or an instance of rebelling against a government in power or the civil authorities; insurgency
Derived Forms
insurrectional, adjective
insurrectionary, noun, adjective
insurrectionism, noun
insurrectionist, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin insurrectiō, from insurgere to rise up
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Word Origin and History for insurrection

early 15c., from Middle French insurrection, from Late Latin insurrectionem (nominative insurrectio) "a rising up," noun of action from past participle stem of insurgere "to rise up" (see insurgent).

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