[ in-suh-rek-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn səˈrɛk ʃən /


an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.

Nearby words

  1. insurgency,
  2. insurgent,
  3. insurgents,
  4. insuring clause,
  5. insurmountable,
  6. insurrectionary,
  7. insurrectionize,
  8. insusceptibility,
  9. insusceptible,
  10. inswept

Origin of insurrection

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin insurrēctiōn- (stem of insurrēctiō), equivalent to insurrēct(us) (past participle of insurgere; see insurgent) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsin·sur·rec·tion·al, adjectivein·sur·rec·tion·al·ly, adverbin·sur·rec·tion·ism, nounin·sur·rec·tion·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insurrectionist


/ (ˌɪnsəˈrɛkʃən) /


the act or an instance of rebelling against a government in power or the civil authorities; insurgency
Derived Formsinsurrectional, adjectiveinsurrectionary, noun, adjectiveinsurrectionism, nouninsurrectionist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for insurrection

C15: from Late Latin insurrectiō, from insurgere to rise up

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Word Origin and History for insurrectionist



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).

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