rebellion

rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny, putsch, coup can all denote a war or an armed outbreak against a government or against powers in authority.
Rebellion implies open, organized, and formidable armed resistance to constituted authority or to the government in power; the term is usually applied after the event to an instance of such resistance as has failed to overthrow the powers that be
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Jack Straw's Rebellion

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the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745

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Revolution applies to a rebellion that has been successful to the extent that the old government is overthrown and a new one substituted
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the French Revolution

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the American Revolution

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The term, however, does not invariably imply a war or a warlike outbreak
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effected a bloodless revolution by a coup d'etat

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The words are often applied to the same event according to the point of view of the user or sometimes according to the time in which it is used; thus, the American Civil War of 1861-1865 was called the "War of the Rebellion" by Northerners, not only during its progress but for a long time after; a revolution is often called a rebellion by the overthrown government or its supporters until bitterness has faded
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the English Civil War (1642-1652) was, after the Restoration (1660), and still sometimes is, called the Great Rebellion

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Uprising is a somewhat general term applicable to an act of violence that indicates a popular desire to defy or overthrow the government; it is often used in reference to a small and ineffective movement that flares up suddenly and violently among an insurgent class or section of the people but it is applicable also to the first signs of a general or widespread rebellion
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there was fear of uprisings in different parts of the country

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whenever the whole nation should join together in one sudden and vigorous uprisingFreeman

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Revolt and insurrection apply to an armed uprising which does not attain the extent of a rebellion, either because it is quickly put down or is immediately effective.
Revolt, however, carries a stronger suggestion of a refusal to accept conditions or continue in allegiance than does insurrection, which often suggests such a seditious act as an attempt to seize the governing power or to gain control for one's party
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the Reformation . . . was no sudden revolt, but the culmination of a long agitation for national independence in religious matters— Inge

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Baltazar's tyranny grew little by little, and the Acoma people were sometimes at the point of revoltCather

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insurrections of base people are more furious in their beginnings— Bacon

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excess of obedience is . . . as bad as insurrectionMeredith

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Mutiny applies chiefly to an insurrection against military or especially maritime or naval authority
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the ship's master feared mutiny long before it occurred

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the mutiny of a regiment made the situation desperate for the invaders

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Putsch may apply to a small popular uprising or demonstration, or a planned attempt to seize power
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the Munich beer hall Putsch of Hitler's supporters in 1923

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Coup, in full coup d'etat, applies to a sudden overthrowing of a government by other than normal constitutional means; typically it implies careful planning on the part of a comparatively small opposition that usually has such backing from the military forces as insures the success of its effort, often without the need for bloodshed
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General Naguib's coup, peaceful only because of the lack of resistance on the part of the faltering king . . . well illustrates the old definition of a dictator—one who receives a bankrupt country— Atyeo

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it's not in our usual tradition of coups d'etat at all. Normally, nobody is killed in a coup d'etat. A certain amount of firing, yes, but over the heads of the crowds, just to show people they are serious— Rama Rau

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Czecho-slovakia was absorbed by a coup under the direct threat of nearby Russian military force— Isaacs)
Analogous words: *sedition, treason: resistance, opposition, combating, withstanding (see corresponding verbs at RESIST)

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