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 uprisingrevolt 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 WebThe last two years have produced a wealth of devastating and often polarizing events: the murder of George Floyd, the Jan. 6 insurrection, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Lila Maclellan, Fortune, 23 Sep. 2022 Thomas’s willingness to testify comes as the committee is preparing to wrap up its work before the end of the year and is writing a final report laying out its findings about the U.S. Capitol insurrection.
Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2022 The House has passed legislation to overhaul the rules for certifying the results of a presidential election as lawmakers accelerate their response to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and Donald Trump's failed attempt to remain in power.
Mary Clare Jalonick, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 Citing data from the George Washington University Program on Extremism, the report says Florida is home to the most people charged in connection with the January 6 insurrection.
Devon M. Sayers, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 Thomas’s willingness to testify comes as the committee is preparing to wrap up its work before the end of the year and is writing a final report laying out its findings about the U.S. Capitol insurrection.
Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 His motorcade never stopped at the D.C. jail to offer support to the inmates before the insurrection.
Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 After the January 6 insurrection failed to prevent Biden from moving into the White House, CPI became a sort of Trump government-in-exile.
Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 The newsletter editor Jessie Li spoke to Mogelson about his reporting on far-right extremists, what has changed since the January 6th insurrection, and the future of American democracy.
The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2022 See More
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: an act or instance of rebelling against a government
Legal Definition of insurrection
: the act or an instance of revolting especially violently against civil or political authority or against an established governmentalso: 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