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
On December 18, he placed under sequestration the property of a number of citizens of Moulins, "because," as he cynically observed, "_the beginning of the insurrection leaves no doubt_ as to the part they took _in the insurrection_, and in the pillaging in the department of the Allier."
Trials of sundry Negroes charged with an attempt to raise an insurrection, with a report of the trials of four white persons on indictments for attempting to excite the slaves to insurrection_ (Charleston, 1822); T.D. Jervey, _Robert Y. Hayne and His Times_ (New Y.rk, 1909), pp. 130-136.]
The term insurrection cannot be properly applied to the foolish enterprises of the angel El-Mahdi in the Bohahire'h, or to the less important disturbances in the Charkyeh.
Syrian forces fired shots at hundreds of protesters who had gathered overnight in Homs city in defiance of warning by the authorities to halt what they called an insurrection.
AMMAN Reuters - Syrian forces fired shots at hundreds of protesters who had gathered overnight in Homs city in defiance of warning by the authorities to halt what they called an insurrection, a rights campaigner said on Tuesday.
On the assumption that armed insurrection is probably illegal, what can we do in a practical way to help? on March 25, 2010 at 1: 22 pm Fee
Sh! tty Slippers With Fuzz Bunnies Stuck On thinks armed and bloody insurrection is a Tea-Party ideal.
One can argue that the second half should be read as referring back to the first half, and thus covering only people who gave aid or comfort to enemies who were themselves engaging in insurrection or rebellion.
The answer to this might seem to obviously be yes, but note that the language is “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The insurrection is supposed to have originated among the remnant of an ancient sect called Mahometans, and to have been secretly fomented by those seditious levellers, the Austrians.