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The act or an instance of open revolt against civil authority or a constituted government.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īnsurrēctiō, īnsurrēctiōn-, from Latin īnsurrēctus, past participle of īnsurgere, to rise up; see insurgent.]

in′sur·rec′tion·al adj.
in′sur·rec′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj. & n.
in′sur·rec′tion·ism n.
in′sur·rec′tion·ist n.


the quality of revolting against established authority. — insurrectionist, n., adj.insurrectionary, adj.
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Noun1.insurrectionism - the principle of revolt against constituted authority
principle - a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"
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Bantman, while necessarily devoting some space to the topic of anarchist insurrectionism, takes care to show that the importance of this trend has been overstated.
Drawing on documents and a published study of the sorry fate of rural insurrection in Argentina, (25) Tate concludes his account of revolutionary activism in the 1950s and 1960s with a critique of the FI's embrace of guerrilla warfare as a decisive means to socialist revolution, an orientation that would, in time, fade as the SWP and its major theoretical voice, Joseph Hansen, bent the stick away from adventurist insurrectionism toward a more accommodating social democratic politics of constitutional reform.
A lot of people turned back to insurrectionism, which was posed as this radical new theory.