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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.
See also: Behavior
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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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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.
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.