in·​sur·​gence | \ in-ˈsər-jən(t)s How to pronounce insurgence (audio) \

Definition of insurgence

: an act or the action of being insurgent : insurrection

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Examples of insurgence in a Sentence

the insurgence eventually succeeded in undermining the corrupt dictatorship
Recent Examples on the Web The beginning and end of the genome boom Genetics at the turn of the century felt like an insurgence. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The ghosts of JPMs past: How 20 years of deals, scandal, and science have shaped health care," 9 Jan. 2020 From the 2018 kidnapping in Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe state and the release of the girls with the exception of Leah Sharibu, a Christian, the insurgence seems to have taken a turn to primarily targeting Christians. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "An Islamic State Christmas killing of 11 hostages in Nigeria threatens to flare up religious tensions," 28 Dec. 2019 But the company has carved out a section of the market that’s fairly defendable, and it may be well served by targeting budget-conscious consumers who are overwhelmed by the insurgence of online-video subscriptions. Washington Post, "Even Netflix Stock Seems Cheap Next to Roku," 9 Apr. 2019 That July Fourth feels like a different lifetime now, and not only because my English friends are no longer immune from lamenting the far-right, pseudo-populist insurgence that buoyed Donald Trump into the presidency. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Celebrating America When You’re Feeling Less Than Patriotic," 4 July 2018 As Warren’s remarks on Friday indicated, that insurgence had moved onto other things. Jeremy Stahl, Slate Magazine, "Rudderless," 4 May 2017 But how come the progressive insurgence that torpedoed the first effort failed this time around? Jeremy Stahl, Slate Magazine, "Rudderless," 4 May 2017 Then in college, K-pop just made this huge insurgence, completely eclipsing everything else in the East. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Grammy Nominee Gallant on What It's Like Being Up Against Beyoncé and Rihanna," 10 Feb. 2017 Friday’s decree represents the latest purge of state institutions—an act Erdogan claims is necessary to control security threats and prevent another insurgence. Aria Bendix, The Atlantic, "Turkey Dismisses Thousands of Police, Civil Servants, and Academics," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of insurgence

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Insurgence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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in·​sur·​gence | \ in-ˈsər-jəns How to pronounce insurgence (audio) \

Legal Definition of insurgence

: insurgent rebellion

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