- a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
- a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
- rebellious; defiant.
- of or relating to rebels.
- to reject, resist, or rise in arms against one's government or ruler.
- to resist or rise against some authority, control, or tradition.
- to show or feel utter repugnance: His very soul rebelled at spanking the child.
Origin of rebel
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Examples from the Web for rebelling
It was a normal teenage rebellion thing where I was just rebelling against anything because I could.Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World
January 22, 2014
"Even the most fractious backbench [Member of Parliament] would balk at rebelling on it," the article notes.Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Government Shutdown
The Daily Beast
September 30, 2013
In the foyer there were a series of huge posters, a stirring one depicted women with the caption “Rebelling to be heard.”Libyan Women Are More Visible in Post-Gaddafi Libya, but They May Have Lost Ground
July 5, 2012
“I was in school in the 1960s, when people were rebelling against rules,” he says.How to Learn Self-Control
August 28, 2011
I can relate to rebelling against my community's standards of modesty—and to finding a middle ground.Playboy's Muslim Cover Girl: Is Sila Sahin Good for Women?
Asra Q. Nomani
May 1, 2011
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
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
- to resist or rise up against a government or other authority, esp by force of arms
- to dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
- to show repugnance (towards)
- a person who rebels
- (as modifier)a rebel soldier; a rebel leader
- a person who dissents from some accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
Word Origin and History for rebelling
mid-14c., from Old French rebeller (14c.), from Latin rebellare "to revolt" (see rebel (adj.)). Related: Rebelled; rebelling.
"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]
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."