I need a verb that goes before "insurrection" that means "to start an [insurrection]."
I first thought that it should be "do an insurrection", but it sounds weird to me. What verb better fit the place of "do"?
I would use instigate:
: to goad or urge forward : PROVOKE
Choose the Right Synonym for instigate
INCITE, INSTIGATE, ABET, FOMENT mean to spur to action. INCITE stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating. // inciting a riot INSTIGATE definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention. // instigated a conspiracy ABET implies both assisting and encouraging. // aiding and abetting the enemy FOMENT implies persistence in goading. // fomenting rebellion
In this context, a sentence using the word is the following:
They instigated an insurrection.
There is little practical difference between some of these synonyms, however, so which to use is simply a matter of personal preference.
To foment, from Lexico, a verb:
Instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action)
‘they accused him of fomenting political unrest’
This avoids assonance from synonyms like instigate, initiate, or incite insurrection. Other synonyms for fomenting insurrection include provoke, generate, and kindle.
Even within an office, you can foment insurrection.
An addition to Jason's answer above, based on the OED: it is also possible 'to make' insurrection
1535 Bible (Coverdale) Ezra iv. 19
This cite of olde hath made insurreccion agaynst kynges.
1687 A. Lovell tr. J. de Thévenot Trav. into Levant i. 277
The Moors made an Insurrection, and made one Osman their first Dey.
or 'break out in' insurrection
1854 H. H. Milman Hist. Lat. Christianity II. iv. ix. 207
The people broke out in instant insurrection, declared their determination to renounce their allegiance.
In Prometheus Unbound, Percy Shelley uses 'insurrection' in a beautiful metaphor:
All else had been subdued to me; alone/The soul of man, like unextinguished fire,/Yet burns towards heaven with fierce reproach, and doubt,/And lamentation, and reluctant prayer,/Hurling up insurrection, which might make/Our antique empire insecure, though built/On eldest faith, and hell's coeval, fear;
(see the 2nd quote here https://quotations.ch/quotations/#authors=ShelleyP&words=insurrection for more context)