- an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.
Origin of insurrection
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Examples from the Web for 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
December 9, 2014
Of course, without American logistical aid, the insurrection would have ended in tragedy.Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?
August 24, 2014
In a rare moment of insurrection, Rivera threatened to stay behind, even without permission.Speed Read: Highlights From Mariano Rivera’s Memoir, ‘The Closer’
May 15, 2014
The consequences for not putting down the “insurrection” were further spelled out by the Kremlin.Ukraine Is On the Verge Of War And Putin Is To Blame
February 20, 2014
Exile had also given Byron his first taste of insurrection and intrigue.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
Never had there been insurrection so sudden, so short, and so successful.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Let the cause of insurrection be removed, then, as speedily as possible.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Incidents of the Insurrection in the western parts of Pennsylvania.The Battle of Bunkers-Hill
Hugh Henry Brackenridge
Besides this news there was a general account of the insurrection.The Eternal City
This is the night appointed for the breaking out of the insurrection.
- the act or an instance of rebelling against a government in power or the civil authorities; insurgency
Word Origin and History for insurrection
early 15c., from Middle French insurrection, from Late Latin insurrectionem (nominative insurrectio) "a rising up," noun of action from past participle stem of insurgere "to rise up" (see insurgent).