[ in-suh-rek-shuhn ]
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  1. an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.

Origin of insurrection

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Late Latin insurrēctiōn-, stem of insurrēctiō, from insurrēct(us) “risen up, rebelled” (past participle of insurgere “to get up, ascend, rebel”; see insurgent) + -iō -ion

Other words for insurrection

Other words from insurrection

  • in·sur·rec·tion·al, adjective
  • in·sur·rec·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • in·sur·rec·tion·ism, noun
  • in·sur·rec·tion·ist, noun

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How to use insurrection in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for insurrection


/ (ˌɪnsəˈrɛkʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of rebelling against a government in power or the civil authorities; insurgency

Origin of insurrection

C15: from Late Latin insurrectiō, from insurgere to rise up

Derived forms of insurrection

  • insurrectional, adjective
  • insurrectionary, noun, adjective
  • insurrectionism, noun
  • insurrectionist, noun, adjective

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