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insurgent

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noun in·sur·gent \ in-ˈsər-jənt \

Definition of insurgent

1 :a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially :a rebel not recognized as a belligerent
2 :one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one's own political party

Examples of insurgent in a Sentence

  1. Insurgents are trying to gain control of the country's transportation system.

  2. the government subjected the insurgents to the most inhuman torture imaginable

Recent Examples of insurgent from the Web

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Is insurgent a new word?

Insurgent is not a particularly novel coinage; it has been in use as both a noun and an adjective for well over 200 years. Appearances of the word began to spike in the early 21st century, however, due to a combination of factors (including the appearance of such combatants in conflicts and the desire among journalists to avoid words that might seem biased, such as terrorist or freedom fighter).

The definition of the noun, which includes the phrase “a rebel not recognized as a belligerent,” refers to a specific sense of belligerent: “belonging to or recognized as an organized military power protected by and subject to the laws of war.”

Origin and Etymology of insurgent

Latin insurgent-, insurgens, present participle of insurgere to rise up, from in- + surgere to rise — more at surge


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insurgent

adjective

Definition of insurgent

:rising in opposition to civil authority or established leadership :rebellious

insurgently

adverb

Examples of insurgent in a Sentence

  1. any insurgent soldiers will be dealt with harshly

Recent Examples of insurgent from the Web

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First Known Use of insurgent

1807


INSURGENT Defined for English Language Learners

insurgent

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noun

Definition of insurgent for English Language Learners

  • : a person who fights against an established government or authority


INSURGENT Defined for Kids

insurgent

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noun in·sur·gent \ in-ˈsər-jənt \

Definition of insurgent for Students

:a person who revolts :rebel

Law Dictionary

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insurgent

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noun in·sur·gent \ in-ˈsər-jənt \

legal Definition of insurgent

1 :a person who rises in revolt against civil authority or an established government; especially :one not recognized as a belligerent
2 :one that acts contrary to the established leadership (as of a political party, union, or corporation) or its decisions and policies

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insurgent

adjective

legal Definition of insurgent

:rising in opposition to civil or political authority or against an established government


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