Definitions for: Insurrection


[n] organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another



Webster (1913) Definition: In`sur*rec"tion, n. [L. insurrectio, fr.
insurgere, insurrectum: cf. F. insurrection. See
Insurgent.]
1. A rising against civil or political authority, or the
established government; open and active opposition to the
execution of law in a city or state.

It is found that this city of old time hath made
insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and
sedition have been made therein. --Ezra iv. 19.

2. A rising in mass to oppose an enemy. [Obs.]

Syn: Insurrection, Sedition, Revolt, Rebellion,
Mutiny.

Usage: Sedition is the raising of commotion in a state, as by
conspiracy, without aiming at open violence against
the laws. Insurrection is a rising of individuals to
prevent the execution of law by force of arms. Revolt
is a casting off the authority of a government, with a
view to put it down by force, or to substitute one
ruler for another. Rebellion is an extended
insurrection and revolt. Mutiny is an insurrection on
a small scale, as a mutiny of a regiment, or of a
ship's crew.

I say again, In soothing them, we nourish
'gainst our senate The cockle of rebellion,
insolence, sedition. --Shak.

Insurrections of base people are commonly more
furious in their beginnings. --Bacon.

He was greatly strengthened, and the enemy as
much enfeebled, by daily revolts. --Sir W.
Raleigh.

Though of their names in heavenly records now Be
no memorial, blotted out and razed By their
rebellion from the books of life. --Milton.

Synonyms: rebellion, revolt, rising, uprising

See Also: battle, conflict, Great Revolt, insurgency, intifada, mutiny, Peasant's Revolt, struggle

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