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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.
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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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And last, of course, insurrectionist anarchists provided a pretext for massive crackdowns on labour and the left: just to go back to Japan in 1911, 26 anarchists were executed for treason against the emperor and most of them had nothing to do with insurrectionism: Kotoku Shusui, the key figure in Japanese anarchism, who promoted anarcho-syndicalism, was among the victims.
Transformations come as acts of violence or a "fierce rushing" of the populace, as in the insurrectionism of the Lambeth prophecies, and to the extent that these make up a teleological chain of events leading to regeneration, the acts that induce them are "right." They point to a new state of being--of love, benevolence, peace, mutuality, and "thunders of intellect"--in a word, the "good." But the good is continuously deferred along an arduous and violent path in Blakean narrative until the final moments when "travelers to Eternity" perceive it.
(1.) While this article highlights The Crying Game's indictment of the Provisional IRA's political violence, throughout the 1960-1980s, to a significant degree, the IRA defended its political insurrectionism by pointing toward real impediments placed on Irish Catholics and republicans, such as the lack of equal opportunity employment, political enfranchisement, and religious freedom in Northern Ireland.
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.