Insurgency vs. Insurrection

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rebellion; revolt; the state of being insurgent

‘suppress the insurgency by isolating the rebels from the rest of the population’;


A violent uprising of part or all of a national population against the government or other authority; a mutiny; a rebellion.


an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict


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.

‘It is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.’;


An insurgency is a violent, armed rebellion against authority when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents (lawful combatants). An insurgency can be fought via counter-insurgency warfare, and may also be opposed by measures to protect the population and by political and economic actions of various kinds, as well as propaganda aimed at undermining the insurgents' claims against the incumbent regime.


A rising in mass to oppose an enemy.

‘I say again,In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senateThe cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition.’; ‘Insurrections of base people are commonly more furious in their beginnings.’; ‘He was greatly strengthened, and the enemy as much enfeebled, by daily revolts.’; ‘Though of their names in heavenly records nowBe no memorial, blotted out and razedBy their rebellion from the books of life.’;



organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

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