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[ in-sur-juhn-see ]


, plural in·sur·gen·cies
  1. the state or condition of being insurgent.
  2. insurrection against an existing government, usually one's own, by a group not recognized as having the status of a belligerent.
  3. rebellion within a group, as by members against leaders.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of insurgency1

First recorded in 1795–1805; insurg(ent) + -ency

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Example Sentences

While some resistance remains, the Taliban will transition from an insurgency to a ruling government.

This violence, in part, fueled the insurgency, mitigating the good America also did the country.

In addition to assurances that the insurgency was on its heels, officials often trotted out statistics about lower infant mortality rates, increased life expectancy and vastly improved educational opportunities for girls.

Back then, Afghanistan was wide open for al-Qaida, but there had not yet been a civil war in Syria, an insurgency and its still-unsettled aftermath in Iraq, a revolution in Libya followed by a civil war.

From Ozy

Fighting an insurgency is a long game indeed, and we did not heed the historical need for patience –the opposite of unwarranted self-confidence.

From Time

Originally it was a low-level insurgency mainly confined to the Sinai Peninsula .

Rather, the revolution was brought there by certain elements of the insurgency.

They were busily implementing these in cases like Roe v. Wade when a right-wing insurgency took them by surprise.

You are not trying to create an insurgency, after all, you are trying to stop one.

But if Kobani falls it could well end up re-igniting the 30-year long Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

In short, insurgency ceased to be a valid plea; if it existed in fact, officially it had become a dead letter.

The people of Virginia were most anxious to get rid of a band of malefactors guilty of insurgency, conspiracy, and rebellion.

No insurgency of words arose in denunciation of the wrong done to her nature.

One could easily imagine it to be a congress of crows exorcised over an insurgency move and demanding the previous question.

Their father had been a stalwart before them in Iowa, where Cummins had created so much commotion with his insurgency.