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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insurrection  \In`sur*rec"tion\,  n.  [L.  insurrectio,  fr 
  insurgere  insurrectum:  cf  F.  insurrection.  See 
  {Insurgent}.] 
  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}, 
  {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. 
 
  I  say  again  In  soothing  them  we  nourish 
  'gainst  our  senate  The  cockle  of  rebellion, 
  insolence,  sedition.  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
  Raleigh. 
 
  Though  of  their  names  in  heavenly  records  now  Be 
  no  memorial,  blotted  out  and  razed  By  their 
  rebellion  from  the  books  of  life.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  insurrection 
  n  :  organized  opposition  to  authority;  a  conflict  in  which  one 
  faction  tries  to  wrest  control  from  another  [syn:  {rebellion}, 
  {revolt},  {rising},  {uprising}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  INSURRECTION,  n.  An  unsuccessful  revolution.  Disaffection's  failure 
  to  substitute  misrule  for  bad  government. 
 
 




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