Definition of insurrection in English:

insurrection

noun

  • A violent uprising against an authority or government.

    ‘the insurrection was savagely put down’
    mass noun ‘opposition to the new regime led to armed insurrection’
    • ‘An urban insurrection in Jerusalem was followed by a general uprising of the Jewish peasantry.’
    • ‘The long-simmering anger of alienated black youth at racism and economic injustice in the ghettos was erupting into violent and destructive urban insurrections.’
    • ‘Then there was an insurrection in which the British killed 10,000 people.’
    • ‘One sector, led by the Ministry of Education and the Mayor of Caracas, called for a popular insurrection to defend the government.’
    • ‘In Germany workers played a leading part in the 1848 insurrections.’
    • ‘However, international governing bodies can help to shed light on the relation of proper authority to revolutionary wars and political insurrections through their legitimacy-conferring function.’
    • ‘The Maoist rebels have been waging a Marxist insurrection in Nepal for nine years to abolish the monarchy.’
    • ‘Nothing frightened slave-dependent societies more than the prospect of widespread slave insurrections.’
    • ‘In February 1917 economic strikes and food protests led by women fused into a general strike that drew the army into an insurrection.’
    • ‘There is a long history of sections of the army and even the police coming over to the side of the people during insurrections.’
    • ‘The insurrection swept the old government from office and could only be crushed by the might of the Russian army.’
    • ‘An agrarian insurrection swept across the region in the 1880s.’
    • ‘The popular insurrection gave the government a much greater mandate than any election.’
    • ‘They were under the general orders of Mola and Franco, the leaders of the military insurrection that had sparked the Spanish Civil War.’
    • ‘For a short while, the police continued to insist that they had thwarted an armed insurrection.’
    • ‘Most of the uprisings were local insurrections against specific circumstances - usually the building of a castle or the exactions of a local Norman lord.’
    • ‘In 1920 British troops put down an insurrection in Iraq, and crushed protests and strikes in favour of independence in Egypt.’
    • ‘An insurrection by French resistance forces freed the city.’
    • ‘Stalin saw the organisers of the insurrection as reactionary nationalists who would stand in the way of future Soviet hegemony.’
    • ‘1968 was the big year of revolt, its epicentre the student-led insurrection in Paris.’
    rebellion, revolt, uprising, mutiny, revolution, insurgence, insurgency, rising, rioting, riot, sedition
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin insurrectio(n-), from insurgere ‘rise up’.

Pronunciation

insurrection

/ˌɪnsəˈrɛkʃ(ə)n/