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Pronunciation:  `insu'rekshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

INSURRECTION is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: rebellion, revolt, rising, uprising
 See Also: battle, conflict, Great Revolt, insurgency, intifada, mutiny, Peasant's Revolt, struggle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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
       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.

             Though of their names in heavenly records now Be
             no memorial, blotted out and razed By their
             rebellion from the books of life. --Milton.