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Definition of "insurgency" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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