insurgent


1in·sur·gent

noun \-jənt\

: a person who fights against an established government or authority

Full Definition of INSURGENT

1
:  a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially :  a rebel not recognized as a belligerent
2
:  one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one's own political party

Examples of INSURGENT

  1. Insurgents are trying to gain control of the country's transportation system.
  2. <the government subjected the insurgents to the most inhuman torture imaginable>

Origin of INSURGENT

Latin insurgent-, insurgens, present participle of insurgere to rise up, from in- + surgere to rise — more at surge
First Known Use: 1765

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2insurgent

adjective

Definition of INSURGENT

:  rising in opposition to civil authority or established leadership :  rebellious
in·sur·gent·ly adverb

Examples of INSURGENT

  1. <any insurgent soldiers will be dealt with harshly>

First Known Use of INSURGENT

1807

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