in·​sur·​rec·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce insurrection (audio) \

Essential Meaning of insurrection

: a usually violent attempt to take control of a government He led an armed insurrection [=rebellion, uprising] against the elected government. acts of insurrection

Full Definition of insurrection

: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

Other Words from insurrection

insurrectional \ ˌin(t)-​sə-​ˈrek-​shnəl How to pronounce insurrection (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
insurrectionary \ ˌin(t)-​sə-​ˈrek-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce insurrection (audio) \ adjective or noun
insurrectionist \ ˌin(t)-​sə-​ˈrek-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce insurrection (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for insurrection

rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful. open rebellion against the officers revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government). a political revolution that toppled the monarchy uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion. quickly put down the uprising revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds. a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders an insurrection of oppressed laborers mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority. a mutiny led by the ship's cook

Examples of insurrection in a Sentence

the famous insurrection of the slaves in ancient Rome under Spartacus
Recent Examples on the Web Tommy, Tabitha and Hannah. Raskin, a former law professor, was at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, while still grieving his son’s death. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022 Harbath was working at Facebook during the insurrection last year. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 Pictures and videos show a smiling Hernandez holding up a piece of a broken sign from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the insurrection. CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 McConnell finished his statement by commending the Senate for standing together during the insurrection and by dissing Senate Democrats one more time. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 Metropolitan Police officer Daniel Hodges has become a symbol of the violence officers endured while protecting lawmakers and the the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection . Esther Castillejo And Eric Noll, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2022 One Capitol Police officer died after being injured during the insurrection, and four others died by suicide in the months afterward. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 5 Jan. 2022 Sicknick was sprayed with a chemical substance during the insurrection and collapsed hours later. Anumita Kaur, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Among those new things, Cheney told ABC News on Sunday, is what Trump himself was — and was not — doing during the insurrection. Peter Weber, The Week, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of insurrection

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insurrection

Middle English insureccion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin insurrection-, insurrectio, from insurgere

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16 Jan 2022

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“Insurrection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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in·​sur·​rec·​tion | \ ˌin-sə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce insurrection (audio) \

Kids Definition of insurrection

: an act or instance of rebelling against a government


in·​sur·​rec·​tion | \ ˌin-sə-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce insurrection (audio) \

Legal Definition of insurrection

: the act or an instance of revolting especially violently against civil or political authority or against an established government also : the crime of inciting or engaging in such revolt whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States…shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years U.S. Code

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