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insurrection

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noun in·sur·rec·tion \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈrek-shən\

Simple Definition of insurrection

  • : a usually violent attempt to take control of a government

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of insurrection

  1. :  an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

insurrectional play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
insurrectionary play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective or noun
insurrectionist play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of insurrection in a sentence

  1. <the famous insurrection of the slaves in ancient Rome under Spartacus>



Origin of insurrection

Middle English insureccion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin insurrection-, insurrectio, from insurgere


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of insurrection

rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful <open rebellion against the officers>. revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government) <a political revolution that toppled the monarchy>. uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion <quickly put down the uprising>. revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds <a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders> <an insurrection of oppressed laborers>. mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority <a mutiny led by the ship's cook>.

INSURRECTION Defined for Kids

insurrection

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noun in·sur·rec·tion \ˌin-sə-ˈrek-shən\

Definition of insurrection for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of rebelling against a government




Law Dictionary

insurrection

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noun in·sur·rec·tion \ˌin-sə-ˈrek-shən\

Legal Definition of insurrection

  1. :  the act or an instance of revolting esp. violently against civil or political authority or against an established government; also :  the crime of inciting or engaging in such revolt <whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years — U.S. Code>





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