• WordNet 3.6
    • adj insurgent in opposition to a civil authority or government
    • n insurgent a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
    • n insurgent a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Insurgent Rising in opposition to civil or political authority, or against an established government; insubordinate; rebellious. "The insurgent provinces."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insurgent Rising against lawful authority or established government; engaged in insurrection or rebellion: as, insurgent chiefs.
    • n insurgent One who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority; one who engages in armed resistance to a government or to the execution of laws.
    • n insurgent Synonyms Insurgent, Rebel, Traitor. An insurgent differs from a rebel chiefly in degree. The insurgent opposes the execution of a particular law or scheme of laws, or the carrying out of some particular measure, or he wishes to make a demonstration in favor of some measure or to express discontent; the rebel attempts to overthrow or change the government, or he revolts and attempts to place his country under another jurisdiction. A traitor is one who breaks faith or trust by betraying his country or violating his allegiance, especially a sworn allegiance: the word is applied in strong reprobation to one who, even without express breach of faith, makes war upon his sovereign or country, or goes over from the side to which his loyalty is due. See insurrection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insurgent in-sur′jent. rising up or against: rising in opposition to authority: rebellious
    • n Insurgent one who rises in opposition to established authority: a rebel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insurgens, p. pr. of insurgere, to rise up; pref. in-, in + surgere, to rise. See Surge


In literature:

Many of the insurgents perished by the sword.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866" by Various
The insurgents had no cannon; and they came along the narrow streets of Paris in close and heavy columns.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
The banner of the insurgents was waving in the midst of the piazza.
"Halil the Pedlar" by Mór Jókai
It was typical, however, of all these insurgents that none of them had any great objective in view.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The number of the insurgents had now risen to three thousand.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
Soon the prisons were broken open, and their inmates had joined the insurgent ranks.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The people who are the insurgents have never paid any, or but very little taxes.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)" by John Marshall
Underwood, John Curtis, Literature and Insurgency.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
Gringos evidently were no unusual sight to the troopers of the insurgent chief.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Reports from Cuba as to the insurgents' cause have this week been perceptibly fewer.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 2, No. 11, March 17, 1898" by Various

In poetry:

Is it that in such insurgent
Fury tossed from tree to tree,
You would quench the fiercely urgent
Pangs of some old memory?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
But when (O, distant be the time!)
Majorities in passion draw
Insurgent swords to murder Law,
And all the land is red with crime;
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
By night's immeasureable dome
She deems her hopes in surety held—
Lo! from insurgent deeps impelled
The fleeting systems lapse like foam.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
"Nest of Lutheran misbelievers!"
Cried Duke Alva as he gazed;
"Haunt of traitors and deceivers,
Stronghold of insurgent weavers,
Let it to the ground be razed!"
"The Emperor's Glove. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This shall the pleased eyes of our children see;
For this the stars of God long even as we;
Earth listens for his wings; the Fates
Expectant lean; Faith cross-propt waits,
And the tired waves of Thought's insurgent sea.
"Turner's Old Temeraire" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Traffic was restricted to try to thwart insurgent attacks as Iraq's new parliament met.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb grew out of an insurgency in Algeria.
The book on former Sen Rick Santorum's campaign, suspended Tuesday, is that he was a plucky insurgent who shook up the GOP establishment with little money and a big heart.
The Air Force this fall will deploy a new generation of pilotless airplane with the bombing power of an F-16 to help stop the stubborn Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.
Consider the insurgency within the Republican party in the 1992 presidential campaign, when Pat Buchanan mobilized ideological conservatives within the party against the pragmatic compromises of incumbent Republican president, George H W.
A new book by two military experts has found that the Bush administration misjudged the ferocity of the armed insurgency that would follow the initial fighting in the Iraq war.
Insurgency wasn't in Saddam's prewar plan.
The US military turns up the heat on insurgents by launching fresh airstrikes in Iraq CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports.
The winners were Democratic insurgents and Republican outsiders—and, intriguingly, unions and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Odierno said the pull back of combat troops would also extend to the northern city of Mosul, where Sunni insurgents still pose a threat.
Captured Taliban insurgents and their weapons were shown in Ghazni Province in June.
A Ragtag Insurgency Gains a Qaeda Lifeline.
Ted Cruz has gone from underdog insurgent to prohibitive favorite in Texas' US Senate race.
Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination for Texas' open US Senate seat as a tea party insurgent and major underdog.
Tea Party insurgent takes on establishment candidate in Lone Star Senate Race.