in·​sur·​gence in-ˈsər-jən(t)s How to pronounce insurgence (audio)
: an act or the action of being insurgent : insurrection

Examples of insurgence in a Sentence

the insurgence eventually succeeded in undermining the corrupt dictatorship
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a quiet insurgence within the fashion choices in the show, and Lyons is its leader. Frances Solá-Santiago,, 16 July 2023 In fact, the insurgence, Dr. Boeteng says, reinforced the fact that Black people are in constant survival mode and that has devastating physical ramifications (see above). Kathleen Newman-Bremang,, 18 Jan. 2021 How did the violent Capitol insurgence retraumatize us? Kathleen Newman-Bremang,, 18 Jan. 2021 In 2019, that history came alive when the artist Dread Scott led hundreds of mostly Black volunteers in period costume on a 24-mile march past plantations and petrochemical plants, ending the reenactment at a destination the original insurgence never reached: New Orleans’s Congo Square. Anya Groner, The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 Some users claimed in the app reviews they were contacted by the FBI answering a profile prompt about the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill insurgence, but the app dismissed the reports as trolling. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 22 Nov. 2022 The insurgence captures Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman) and pursues the boy. Jesse Hassenger, The Week, 22 Apr. 2022 With the insurgence of social media and online shopping, the demand for clothes inspired by straight-off-the-runway trends without the runway price tags has grown. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 Jonathan Humphreys, 27, has been under investigation for several months, since Google geolocation data placed at least one of his devices inside the Capitol the afternoon of the violent insurgence, the affidavit states. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insurgence was in 1847

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“Insurgence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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in·​sur·​gence in-ˈsər-jəns How to pronounce insurgence (audio)
: insurgent rebellion
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