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.
I. nounEtymology: Latin insurgent-, insurgens, present participle of insurgere to rise up, from in- + surgere to rise — more at surgeDate: 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. adjectiveDate: 1807 rising in opposition to civil authority or established leadership ;rebellious • insurgentlyadverb
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)
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.
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.
(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