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Origin of insurrection
OTHER WORDS FROM insurrectionin·sur·rec·tion·al, adjectivein·sur·rec·tion·al·ly, adverbin·sur·rec·tion·ism, nounin·sur·rec·tion·ist, noun
Words nearby insurrection
TRENDS AND NEWS
Why is insurrection trending?
On January 6, 2021, lookups for the word insurrection skyrocketed 22,358% on Dictionary.com after a mob of supporters of Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building on the day Congress was set to certify the electoral vote count to confirm Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Some journalists, political analysts, and politicians used the word insurrection to refer to the events that occurred in the nation’s capital.
The man directly responsible for the chaos of today is Donald Trump, who has made it clear that he will do anything to remain in power – including insurrection and inciting violence. Trump will go down in history as the worst and most dangerous president in history.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 6, 2021
Senator Mitt Romney condemned President Trump on Wednesday night for the breaching of the Capitol by his supporters.
“What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States,” Romney said in a statement.https://t.co/4949BfMS40
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 7, 2021
Insurrection vs. sedition vs. coup
Those discussing the events also used other strong words, including sedition, coup (and coup d’état), and (domestic) terrorism. Sedition is incitement or promotion of rebellion against the government, while an insurrection is an active rebellion or uprising against the government. Those who engage in insurrection can be called insurrectionists. In the context of government overthrow, the word coup is short for coup d’état, which narrowly refers to an illegal or forceful change of government, as opposed to an uprising in general. A coup may be attempted with the intention of removing a single political leader, rather than instituting an entirely new form of government, for example. Despite the differences in their meanings, terms like sedition, insurrection, and coup are sometimes used in the discussion of the same events. For example, sedition may inspire an insurrection that results in a coup.
More broadly, terrorism involves the use of violence or threats of violence—especially against civilians—to achieve some political aim. Domestic terrorism specifically refers to acts of terrorism against one’s fellow citizens. By contrast, the word insurrection typically refers to acts that target the government, rather than civilians. However, some acts of insurrection may also be considered acts of terrorism.
Some discussing the events of January 6 described them as having the atmosphere of a banana republic, which refers to an authoritarian country known for exploiting its citizens for the benefit of wealthy elites and foreign corporations. (Use of the term is often criticized due to disparaging associations with Central American countries.)
Example sentences from the Web for insurrection
To discourage future insurrections, authorities attempted to also bury the news of Sharpe’s rebellion.
It also means facing down an insurrection from the very members she’s long tried hardest to protect, the swing-seat Democrats whose victories in GOP-leaning districts returned Democrats to the House majority last year.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move|Rachael Bade, Erica Werner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
From the Boston Tea Party, to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, violent insurrections have served as a form of protest and resistance for centuries in the United States.Kenosha’s looting is a symptom of a decrepit democracy|Aaron Ross Coleman|September 4, 2020|Vox
Seditious language is generally understood as speech advocating to overthrow the government, but the stories we’ve been collecting don’t, um, point to some mass movement of insurrection.Morning Report: SDPD Says It Will Stop Seditious Language Tickets|Voice of San Diego|August 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
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|Anna Nemtsova|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, without American logistical aid, the insurrection would have ended in tragedy.
In a rare moment of insurrection, Rivera threatened to stay behind, even without permission.Speed Read: Highlights From Mariano Rivera’s Memoir, ‘The Closer’|Ben Teitelbaum|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Weiss|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Weiss|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Kwang-si insurrection, on the other hand, must triumph, if foreign Powers do not interfere.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh|Lin-Le
An insurrection in Poland just now would be highly conducive to the success of my plans.Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia|L. Mhlbach,
He was a mere babe when after the Heiji insurrection, he was captured with his mother by the Taira soldiers.Japan|Various
A heavy blow at the insurrection in Milan would have extinguished Italian rebellion.
The result of this insurrection was to crystallize tendencies toward harshness which the economic revolution was making advisable.The Negro|W.E.B. Du Bois