1. [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
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.
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.
2. A rising in mass to oppose an enemy. [Obs.]
Syn: Insurrection, Sedition, Revolt, Rebellion,
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
I say again,
In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition.
Insurrections of base people are commonly more
furious in their beginnings. --Bacon.
He was greatly strengthened, and the enemy as
much enfeebled, by daily revolts. --Sir W.
Though of their names in heavenly records now
Be no memorial, blotted out and razed
By their rebellion from the books of life.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one
faction tries to wrest control from another [syn:
rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
INSURRECTION, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure
to substitute misrule for bad government.