Definition of insurgent in English:


Line breaks: in¦sur|gent
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsəːdʒ(ə)nt



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  • 1Rising in active revolt: alleged links with insurgent groups
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    • Taking a page out of the tactics of Anglo-American imperialism in Italy, the Stalinist bureaucracy leaves the insurgent proletariat to be crushed by the retreating Nazis.
    • No, I do not remember any crimes being committed, other than the work of terrorist organisations and insurgent forces.
    • But the turning point of the film, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising where 40,000 insurgent Jews held off the Nazis for almost a month with few weapons, is watched from a distance.
  • 1.1Relating to rebels: a series of insurgent attacks
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    • According to reports there were very few insurgent casualties, since rebels had withdrawn from their positions before the attacks.
    • The higher than expected cost of protecting workers against insurgent attacks - about 25 cents of every reconstruction dollar now pays for security - has sent the cost of projects skyward.
    • That was followed by a very bloody year and growing insurgent attacks.



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  • As memories of 17th-century Catholic insurgence began to fade, toleration seemed to increase.
  • Esther was an activist whose potent insurgence foiled a plot of global proportions.
  • It was a statement of defiance against the insurgence.


noun (plural insurgencies)
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  • For the past few years, most news reports from Indonesia have featured terrorists, regional insurgencies, and human rights violations.
  • The end of the First World War initiated the greatest wave of working class insurgency ever seen in Europe.
  • But it is nevertheless true that they know a fair bit about the limits of sham democracies when confronted with insurgencies.


mid 18th century: via French from Latin insurgent- 'arising', from the verb insurgere, from in- 'into, towards' + surgere 'to rise'.

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