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)



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