- an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.
Origin of insurrection
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Examples from the Web for insurrectionist
As we hear in Mark 15:7, he was apparently an insurrectionist, an anti-Roman revolutionary, and had killed someone in a skirmish.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms
November 2, 2014
The insurrectionist understanding of the Second Amendment fails to account for two other features of the Constitution.Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy
August 22, 2013
He knew what it meant to refuse to enter the insurrectionist service after having once been notified.Bamboo Tales
Ira L. Reeves
Clarkson, who seems to have been the meekest and most patient of men, was stigmatized as an insurrectionist.An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans
Lydia Maria Child
- the act or an instance of rebelling against a government in power or the civil authorities; insurgency
Word Origin and History for insurrectionist
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).