[ 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. 2020

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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 of insurgent

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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