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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INSURG'ENT, a. [L. insurgens; in and surgo, to rise.]in opposition to lawful civil or political authority; as insurgent chiefs.
INSURG'ENT, n. A person who rises in opposition to civil or political authority; one who openly and actively resists the execution of laws. [See Insurrection.] An insurgent differs from a rebel. The insurgent opposes the execution of a particular law or laws; the rebel attempts to overthrow or change the government, or he revolts and attempts to place his country under another jurisdiction. All rebels are insurgents, but all insurgents are not rebels.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: in opposition to a civil authority or government [syn: insurgent, seditious, subversive] n
1: a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions) [syn: insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter, rebel]
2: a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment [syn: guerrilla, guerilla, irregular, insurgent]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Latin insurgent-, insurgens, present participle of insurgere to rise up, from in- + surgere to rise more at surge Date: 1765 1. a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially a rebel not recognized as a belligerent 2. one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one's own political party II. adjective Date: 1807 rising in opposition to civil authority or established leadership ; rebellious insurgently adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 rising in active revolt. 2 (of the sea etc.) rushing in. --n. a rebel; a revolutionary. Derivatives: insurgence n. insurgency n. (pl. -ies). Etymology: F f. L insurgere insurrect- (as IN-(2), surgere rise)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Insurgent In*sur"gent, a. [L. insurgens, p. pr. of insurgere to rise up; pref. in- in + surgere to rise. See Surge.] Rising in opposition to civil or political authority, or against an established government; insubordinate; rebellious. ``The insurgent provinces.'' --Motley.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Insurgent In*sur"gent, n. [Cf. F. insurgent.] A person who rises in revolt against civil authority or an established government; one who openly and actively resists the execution of laws; a rebel. Syn: See Rebel.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(insurgents) Insurgents are people who are fighting against the government or army of their own country. (FORMAL) By early yesterday, the insurgents had taken control of the country's main military air base. = rebel N-COUNT: usu pl

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Rebellious, seditious, insubordinate, disobedient, mutinous. II. n. Rebel, revolter.

Moby Thesaurus

agitator, anarch, anarchist, brawler, breakaway, contumacious, extreme, extremist, extremistic, factious, frondeur, insubordinate, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, insurrecto, malcontent, maverick, mutineer, mutineering, mutinous, nonconformist, rebel, rebellious, revolter, revolutional, revolutionary, revolutionist, rioter, riotous, seditionary, seditious, subversive, traitor, traitorous, treasonable, turbulent

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