1. A rising against civil or political authority, or the established government; open and active opposition to the execution of law in a city or state.
It is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein. --Ezra iv. 19.
2. A rising in mass to oppose an enemy. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Insurrection, Sedition, Revolt, Rebellion, Mutiny.
Usage: Sedition is the raising of commotion in a state, as by conspiracy, without aiming at open violence against the laws. Insurrection is a rising of individuals to prevent the execution of law by force of arms. Revolt is a casting off the authority of a government, with a view to put it down by force, or to substitute one ruler for another. Rebellion is an extended insurrection and revolt. Mutiny is an insurrection on a small scale, as a mutiny of a regiment, or of a ship's crew.
I say again,
In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition. --Shak.
Insurrections of base people are commonly more furious in their beginnings. --Bacon.
He was greatly strengthened, and the enemy as much enfeebled, by daily revolts. --Sir W. Raleigh.
Though of their names in heavenly records now
Be no memorial, blotted out and razed
By their rebellion from the books of life. --Milton.
n : organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one
faction tries to wrest control from another [syn: rebellion,
revolt, rising, uprising]