Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or circumstance of being rebellious.
  • noun An instance of rebellion; an insurgence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of being insurgent; a state of insurrection.

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  • noun rebellion; revolt; the state of being insurgent

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict

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Examples

  • But U.S. officials are ratcheting up the rhetoric, going so far as using the term insurgency to describe how Mexican cartels are challenging the government.

    U.S. Sees Heightened Threat in Mexico

  • Since President Obama took office 21 months ago, US policy in Afghanistan has reflected a mistaken premise that the insurgency is a monolithic organization capable of being defeated by a mixture of massive security and development efforts that would drive a wedge between the Afghan population and the insurgents.

    Matthew Hoh: Cautious Optimism for Talks in Afghanistan

  • Since President Obama took office 21 months ago, US policy in Afghanistan has reflected a mistaken premise that the insurgency is a monolithic organization capable of being defeated by a mixture of massive security and development efforts that would drive a wedge between the Afghan population and the insurgents.

    Matthew Hoh: Cautious Optimism for Talks in Afghanistan

  • The big deal with the insurgency is they have to keep doing things that can get them killed.

    Matthew Yglesias » Shocking

  • Negroponte could have said the insurgency is as strong as it's ever been, but Bush wouldn't have liked that.

    09/14/2005

  • Today the military says the insurgency is anywhere from 16,000 to 20,000 strong; that's three to four times bigger today than it was 18 months ago.

    06/29/2005

  • Most Americans are unnerved when Bush and his top officials insist the insurgency is in its last throes when the facts are obvious: according to the military, the insurgency was about 5,000 strong in NOvember of 2003.

    06/29/2005

  • BERG: Yes, well, I don't believe that scenario because every time that news of new atrocities committed by Americans in Iraq becomes public, more and more of the every day Iraqi people who try to hold out, to try to be peaceful people, lose it and join the -- what we call the insurgency, what I call the resistance against the occupation of one sovereign nation.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2006

  • Almost exactly a year later, Cheney didn’t quibble about the term insurgency when he was speaking with Larry King on CNN but instead told viewers that it was in its “last throes.”

    The Longest War

  • Grenier says the mood of the meeting was “heavily colored by the presence of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who interrupted one of the analysts who had first used the term insurgency to ask him why he had used that word, explaining, ‘This is not a term that we should use publicly because it conveys legitimacy on them that we obviously don’t want to convey.’”

    The Longest War

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