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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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  • They had fallen into the power of the leader of the insurgent workers!

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • But the next day every swell in Paris came out as an insurgent.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • A couple of miles off an insurgent steamer was sighted, but it passed on.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Three months of warfare had wrought dissension in the insurgent camp.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Then what are they doing on that island, in company with the insurgent chiefs?

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
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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