an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.
- 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
In the early 1960s Cambridge University was a hotbed of cultural and social insurrection.
There are fears of a major new Islamist insurrection, possibly inspired by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present | Anna Nemtsova | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was with James Meredith during the violent insurrection that followed the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, without American logistical aid, the insurrection would have ended in tragedy.
In a rare moment of insurrection, Rivera threatened to stay behind, even without permission.Speed Read: Highlights From Mariano Rivera’s Memoir, ‘The Closer’ | Ben Teitelbaum | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A serious insurrection occurred at Dresden, in Saxony, but was in a few days put down.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
During his mild régime the insurrection increased rapidly, and in one encounter he himself was very near falling a prisoner.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The flame of organized insurrection was almost extinguished, but there still remained some dangerous embers.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Meantime the discontents in the northern provinces had broken out into open insurrection, in the captaincy of Pernambuco.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
Abramko had allowed himself to be compromised in the Polish insurrection and Magus was interested in saving him.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
British Dictionary definitions for insurrection
the act or an instance of rebelling against a government in power or the civil authorities; insurgency
- insurrectional, adjective
- insurrectionary, noun, adjective
- insurrectionism, noun
- insurrectionist, noun, adjective
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