insurgent

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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.