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insurgent

noun agitator, anarchist, demagogue, insubordinate, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, nihilist, radical, rebel, rebellis, reformer, renegade, revolter, revolutionary, revolutionist, rioter, seditionary, subverter, traitor
See also: disobedient, insubordinate, malcontent, radical, restive, uncontrollable

insurgent

a person or group that rises in revolt against an established government or authority but whose conduct does not amount to belligerency.

INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. The colonists who opposed the tyranny of the English government were insurgents, not rebels.

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All night a wide-awake watch was kept by all the officers, forward and aft, especially about the forecastle scuttle and fore hatchway; at which last place it was feared the insurgents might emerge, after breaking through the bulkhead below.
While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war-- seeking to dissolve the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation.
In a little while they were being constructed not only by governments and local authorities, but by robber bands, by insurgent committees, by every type of private person.
Neither side knew which way his power might be turned, for Norman of Torn had preyed almost equally upon royalist and insurgent.
The rear battalions alone are in obedience; they preserve their proper distance from the insurgent front.
Yes," said the captain, releasing the insurgent, who sat down, "there is something--unusual.
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 50 insurgents surrendered their weapons and joined the peace process in Western Ghor province, local officials said.
ISLAMABAD, July 28 (KUNA) -- At least 14 rebels, seven civilians and six security personnel were killed as Taliban insurgents stormed security posts in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, said a senior police official on Tuesday.
Beirut: Heavy clashes between Syria's army and insurgents erupted around a military base south of Idlib city on Monday as part of a wider battle for control of the northwestern province, Syrian state television and a group monitoring the war said.
BEIRUT -- Insurgents seized more parts of the northern Syrian province of Idlib on Saturday in a significant advance toward the government-held coast that seemed to signal new coordination among anti-government fighters, some using advanced anti-tank weapons.
Six local policemen and 73 insurgents were killed during days of an ongoing operation in the Durbaba district, Nangarhar police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Afghan National Security Forces killed five insurgents, captured four, and discovered two weapons caches November 10 in a unilateral clearing operation in Alah Say Valley, Tegab district.