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rebel

[noun, adjective reb-uh l; verb ri-bel]
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noun
  1. a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
  2. a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
adjective
  1. rebellious; defiant.
  2. of or relating to rebels.
verb (used without object), re·bel, re·belled, re·bel·ling.
  1. to reject, resist, or rise in arms against one's government or ruler.
  2. to resist or rise against some authority, control, or tradition.
  3. to show or feel utter repugnance: His very soul rebelled at spanking the child.

Origin of rebel

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Old French rebelle < Latin rebellis renewing a war, equivalent to re- re- + bell(um) war + -is adj. suffix; (v.) Middle English rebellen (< Old French rebeller) < Latin rebellāre; (noun) Middle English rebel, derivative of the adj.
Related formsreb·el·like, adjectivenon·reb·el, noun, adjectivepro·reb·el, adjectivesem·i·reb·el, noun

Synonyms

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1. insurrectionist, mutineer, traitor. 1, 3. insurgent. 3. mutinous. 5. revolt, mutiny.
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Examples from the Web for rebelling

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  • And if it were the God's decree that he should die, what could be the use of rebelling against it?

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • At last, by rebelling in every way, I gained my point, and have escaped to school.

    Valerie

    Frederick Marryat

  • Aileen is still with her—faithful as the sun, but rebelling at times as is only natural.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • They were not rebelling, they were simply declaring their rights.

    George Washington

    Calista McCabe Courtenay

  • She was being told not to invite him there again and she was rebelling!

    The Double Four

    E. Phillips Oppenheim


British Dictionary definitions for rebelling

rebel

verb (rɪˈbɛl) -bels, -belling or -belled (intr often foll by against)
  1. to resist or rise up against a government or other authority, esp by force of arms
  2. to dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
  3. to show repugnance (towards)
noun (ˈrɛbəl)
    1. a person who rebels
    2. (as modifier)a rebel soldier; a rebel leader
  1. a person who dissents from some accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
Derived Formsrebeldom, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French rebelle, from Latin rebellis insurgent, from re- + bellum war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rebelling

rebel

v.

mid-14c., from Old French rebeller (14c.), from Latin rebellare "to revolt" (see rebel (adj.)). Related: Rebelled; rebelling.

rebel

n.

"person who makes war on his country for political motives," mid-14c., from rebel (adj.). Meaning "supporter of the American cause in the War of Independence" is from 1775; sense of "supporter of the Southern cause in the American Civil War" is attested from April 15, 1861. Rebel yell in an American Civil War context attested from 1862, but the thing itself is older and was said to have been picked up by southwestern men in their periodic wars against the Indians.

The Southern troops, when charging or to express their delight, always yell in a manner peculiar to themselves. The Yankee cheer is more like ours; but the Confederate officers declare that the rebel yell has a particular merit, and always produces a salutary and useful effect upon their adversaries. A corps is sometimes spoken of as a 'good yelling regiment.' [A.J.L. Fremantle, "The Battle of Gettysburg and the Campaign in Pennsylvania," in "Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine," Sept. 1863]

rebel

adj.

c.1300, from Old French rebelle "stubborn, obstinate, rebellious" (12c.) and directly from Latin rebellis "insurgent, rebellious," from rebellare "to rebel, revolt," from re- "opposite, against," or perhaps "again" (see re-) + bellare "wage war," from bellum "war."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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