What is the difference between an "Insurgent" and a "Rebel"?

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by EmptyForceOfChi, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    TV news is for people who can't read. And cable TV news is for people who find network TV news a little too complicated.
     
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  3. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    Some of you act like "Rebel" has a negative conotation to it. That's not the case in the Southern US.
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    It's not the case anywhere. A rebel can simply be a non-conformist, or somebody who wants her garden club to try planting nasturtiums instead of hostas. An insurgent specifically rebels against the government that has control over him, using violent methods.
     
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  7. Believe Happy medium Valued Senior Member

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    Going by the way the words are used rather then the definition it seems to be that rebels are trying to cast off oppression, while insurgents are trying to create it.
     
  8. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    I don't find that to be true.
     

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