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Meaning: member of a movement to defeat or overthrow a government

For example:

  • After calling their opponents "insurgents", the government began arresting them.

  • If trying to bring down a dictator means I'm an insurgent, I'm proud to be one!

Note: "Insurgent" is one of many words that governments use to make their opponents sound like dangerous people. Others include "dissident", "subversive", "insurrectionary", "seditionist", "militant" and "terrorist".

Quick Quiz:

Calling political activists "insurgents" makes them sound like

a. very bad people

b. very good people

c. very strong people

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Contributor: Matt Errey