Definition of insurrection in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘One sector, led by the Ministry of Education and the Mayor of Caracas, called for a popular insurrection to defend the government.’
    • ‘1968 was the big year of revolt, its epicentre the student-led insurrection in Paris.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a short while, the police continued to insist that they had thwarted an armed 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.’
    • ‘An insurrection by French resistance forces freed the city.’
    • ‘The Maoist rebels have been waging a Marxist insurrection in Nepal for nine years to abolish the monarchy.’
    • ‘An agrarian insurrection swept across the region in the 1880s.’
    • ‘In Germany workers played a leading part in the 1848 insurrections.’
    • ‘An urban insurrection in Jerusalem was followed by a general uprising of the Jewish peasantry.’
    • ‘Most of the uprisings were local insurrections against specific circumstances - usually the building of a castle or the exactions of a local Norman lord.’
    • ‘The popular insurrection gave the government a much greater mandate than any election.’
    • ‘Nothing frightened slave-dependent societies more than the prospect of widespread slave insurrections.’
    • ‘The insurrection swept the old government from office and could only be crushed by the might of the Russian army.’
    • ‘Then there was an insurrection in which the British killed 10,000 people.’
    • ‘The long-simmering anger of alienated black youth at racism and economic injustice in the ghettos was erupting into violent and destructive urban insurrections.’
    • ‘They were under the general orders of Mola and Franco, the leaders of the military insurrection that had sparked the Spanish Civil War.’
    • ‘Stalin saw the organisers of the insurrection as reactionary nationalists who would stand in the way of future Soviet hegemony.’
    • ‘In 1920 British troops put down an insurrection in Iraq, and crushed protests and strikes in favour of independence in Egypt.’
    • ‘In February 1917 economic strikes and food protests led by women fused into a general strike that drew the army into an insurrection.’
    rebellion, revolt, uprising, mutiny, revolution, insurgence, insurgency, rising, rioting, riot, sedition
    civil disobedience, civil disorder, unrest, anarchy, fighting in the streets
    coup d'état, jacquerie
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Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin insurrectio(n-), from insurgere rise up.