- Insurgent is defined as something associated with acts of revolt.
Burning the flag of the government you are trying to overthrow is an example of insurgent behavior.
- The definition of an insurgent is a rebel or revolutionary.
Che Guevara was an example of an insurgent.
- designating or of a revolt or rebellion not well enough organized to be recognized in international law as belligerency
- designating or of a faction in revolt against the leadership of a political party
Origin of insurgentClassical Latin insurgens, present participle of insurgere, to rise up (against) from in-, in, upon + surgere, to rise: see surge
- Rising in revolt against a government or other established authority.
- Rebelling against the leadership of a political party.
Origin of insurgentLatin īnsurgēns īnsurgent- present participle of īnsurgere to rise up in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. surgere to rise ; see surge .
From Latin īnsurgentem, accusative singular of īnsurgēns, present active participle of īnsurgō (“I rise up against, revolt”), from in (“against”) + surgō (“I rise”), itself from sub (“up from below”) + regō (“I guide, direct, rule, govern, administer”), from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“to move in a straight line, to rule, guide, lead straight, put right”).