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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another;
[syn: rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Insurrection \In`sur*rec"tion\, n. [L. insurrectio, fr. insurgere, insurrectum: cf. F. insurrection. See Insurgent.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] It is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein. --Ezra iv. 19. [1913 Webster] 2. A rising in mass to oppose an enemy. [Obs.] Syn: Insurrection, Sedition, Revolt, Rebellion, Mutiny. Usage: Sedition is the raising of commotion in a state, as by conspiracy, without aiming at open violence against the laws. Insurrection is a rising of individuals to prevent the execution of law by force of arms. Revolt is a casting off the authority of a government, with a view to put it down by force, or to substitute one ruler for another. Rebellion is an extended insurrection and revolt. Mutiny is an insurrection on a small scale, as a mutiny of a regiment, or of a ship's crew. [1913 Webster] I say again, In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Insurrections of base people are commonly more furious in their beginnings. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] He was greatly strengthened, and the enemy as much enfeebled, by daily revolts. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] Though of their names in heavenly records now Be no memorial, blotted out and razed By their rebellion from the books of life. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

insurrection n 1: organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another [syn: rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising]
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

INSURRECTION, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.