[ in-sur-juhnt ]
/ ɪnˈsɜr dʒənt /


a person who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority, especially a person who engages in armed resistance to a government or to the execution of its laws; rebel.
a member of a section of a political party that revolts against the methods or policies of the party.


of or characteristic of an insurgent or insurgents.
surging or rushing in: The insurgent waves battered the shore.

Origin of insurgent

1755–65; < Latin insurgent- (stem of insurgēns) present participle of insurgere to get up, ascend, rebel. See in-2, surge, -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insurgent


/ (ɪnˈsɜːdʒənt) /


rebellious or in revolt, as against a government in power or the civil authorities


a person who takes part in an uprising or rebellion; insurrectionist
international law a person or group that rises in revolt against an established government or authority but whose conduct does not amount to belligerency

Derived Forms

insurgency, noun

Word Origin for insurgent

C18: from Latin insurgēns rising upon or against, from insurgere to rise up, from surgere to rise
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