[ in-sur-juh n-see ]
/ ɪnˈsɜr dʒən si /

noun, plural in·sur·gen·cies for 4.

the state or condition of being insurgent.
insurrection against an existing government, usually one's own, by a group not recognized as having the status of a belligerent.
rebellion within a group, as by members against leaders.

Nearby words

  1. insurant,
  2. insure,
  3. insured,
  4. insurer,
  5. insurgence,
  6. insurgent,
  7. insurgents,
  8. insuring clause,
  9. insurmountable,
  10. insurrection

Origin of insurgency

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

Can be confusedinsurgence insurgency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for insurgency



1803, from insurgent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper