insurrection

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PIE word
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From Late Middle English insurreccion (uprising against a government, rebellion, revolt; civil disorder, riot; illegal armed assault) [and other forms],[1] from Middle French insurrection, Old French insurreccïon (modern French insurrection), and from their etymon Latin īnsurrēctiōnem (rare), the accusative singular of īnsurrēctiō (rising up, insurrection, rebellion), from īnsurgō (to rise up),[2] from in- (prefix meaning ‘in, inside, within’) + surgō (to arise, get up; to rise) (from sub- (prefix meaning ‘(from) beneath, under’) + regō (to direct, govern, rule; to guide, steer; to manage, oversee) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (to right oneself, straighten; just; right))).

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insurrection (countable and uncountable, plural insurrections) (also figuratively)

  1. (uncountable) The action of part or all of a national population violently rising up against the government or other authority; (countable) an instance of this; a revolt, an uprising; specifically, one that is at an initial stage or limited in nature.
    Synonyms: insurgency, mutiny, rebellion, rising

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  1. ^ insurrecciọ̄n, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ Compare “insurrection, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2021; “insurrection, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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Borrowed from Late Latin īnsurrectiō.

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insurrection f (plural insurrections)

  1. insurrection
    Synonym: soulèvement

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