Words at Play : Top 10 Words of the '00s

#7: Insurgent

This word comes from the Latin, meaning "to rise up."

Far more neutral than terms like "terrorist" and "freedom fighter," it often appears in news accounts – and inspired a lot of lookups early in the Iraq war.

Example:

"Insurgents now are more active [and] more organized, and the political environment, whether in Pakistan or Afghanistan, favors insurgent activities."

— A Security Analyst quoted in the Huffington Post, June 2008

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