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 for insurrection
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Insurrection \In`sur*rec"tion\, n. [L. insurrectio, fr.
     insurgere, insurrectum: cf. F. insurrection. See
     Insurgent.]
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     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.
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              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.
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     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.
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                  I say again,
                  In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
                  The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition.
                                                    --Shak.
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                  Insurrections of base people are commonly more
                  furious in their beginnings.      --Bacon.
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                  He was greatly strengthened, and the enemy as
                  much enfeebled, by daily revolts. --Sir W.
                                                    Raleigh.
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                  Though of their names in heavenly records now
                  Be no memorial, blotted out and razed
                  By their rebellion from the books of life.
                                                    --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  insurrection
      n 1: organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one
           faction tries to wrest control from another [syn:
           rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising,
           uprising]

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  INSURRECTION, n.  An unsuccessful revolution.  Disaffection's failure
  to substitute misrule for bad government.
  

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