insurrection

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

Definition of insurrection

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

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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 Trump was impeached for incitement of insurrection by the House but was acquitted by the Senate. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Matt Gaetz slated to speak at summit in Trump-owned resort amid controversy," 6 Apr. 2021 Four of his bandmates posted a statement to Instagram and Facebook after the riot opposing the insurrection. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer charged in Capitol riot reportedly in plea negotiations," 6 Apr. 2021 In the months since the insurrection, many officers have routinely worked 12-hour days or longer to protect the building during President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration and impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump. The Christian Science Monitor, "Capitol Police officers search for way forward after latest attack," 5 Apr. 2021 The network’s hosts have come under scrutiny for supporting Trump and disinformation claims surrounding the 2020 election that many believe helped fuel the deadly insurrection attempt Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Greg Gutfeld goes after late night laughs for Fox News," 5 Apr. 2021 In the months since the insurrection, many officers have routinely worked 12-hour days or longer to protect the building during Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration and impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump. Fox News, "Latest attack pushes US Capitol Police further toward crisis," 5 Apr. 2021 In the months since the insurrection, many officers have routinely worked 12-hour days or longer to protect the building during Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration and impeachment proceedings against Trump. Nomaan Merchant, Star Tribune, "Latest attack pushes US Capitol Police further toward crisis," 4 Apr. 2021 Gun sales fell slightly in February after a January surge, fueled in part by the Capitol Hill insurrection. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Gun background checks soar to record in March following mass shootings and gun-control bills," 1 Apr. 2021 The complaint filed Tuesday follows earlier suits by two Democratic members of Congress who also blamed Trump for stoking the insurrection in a months-long effort to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden. al, "2 Capitol Police officers sue Trump for inciting riot," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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“Insurrection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insurrection. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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insurrection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insurrection

: a usually violent attempt to take control of a government

insurrection

noun
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

insurrection

noun
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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