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insurgency

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noun in·sur·gen·cy \-jən(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of insurgency

  • : a usually violent attempt to take control of a government : a rebellion or uprising

Full Definition of insurgency

plural in·sur·gen·cies

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being insurgent; specifically :  a condition of revolt against a government that is less than an organized revolution and that is not recognized as belligerency

  2. 2 :  insurgence

Examples of insurgency

  1. <there always seems to be insurgency of some type in that troubled country>



1803

First Known Use of insurgency

1803



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