insurgency

noun in·sur·gen·cy \ in-ˈsər-jən(t)-sē \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of insurgency

plural insurgencies
1 : the quality or state of being insurgent; specifically : a condition of revolt against a government that is less than an organized revolution and that is not recognized as belligerency

Examples of insurgency in a Sentence

  1. there always seems to be insurgency of some type in that troubled country

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Insurgencies fall into the category of "irregular warfare", since an insurgency normally lacks the organization of a revolution, even though it has the same aims. Revolutions often begin within a country's armed forces, whereas insurgencies often arise in remote areas, where they gain strength slowly by winning the confidence of rural populations. An insurgency may be based on ethnic or religious identity, or its roots may be basically political or economic. Since insurgencies are rarely strong enough to face a national army head-on, insurgents (often called guerrillas) tend to use such tactics as bombing, kidnapping, hostage taking, and hijacking.

First Known Use of insurgency

1803

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INSURGENCY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of insurgency for English Language Learners

  • : a usually violent attempt to take control of a government : a rebellion or uprising


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insurgency

noun in·sur·gen·cy \ in-ˈsər-jən-sē \

legal Definition of insurgency

plural insurgencies
: the quality or state of being insurgent; specifically : a condition of revolt against a recognized government that does not reach the proportions of an organized revolutionary government and is not recognized as belligerency


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