from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of open revolt against civil authority or a constituted government.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An organized opposition to an authority; a mutiny; a rebellion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A rising in mass to oppose an enemy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rising up; uprising.
- n. The act of rising against civil authority or governmental restraint; specifically, the armed resistance of a number of persons to the power of the state; incipient or limited rebellion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īnsurrēctiō, īnsurrēctiōn-, from Latin īnsurrēctus, past participle of īnsurgere, to rise up; see insurgent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)