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[ri-bel-yuh n] /rɪˈbɛl yən/
open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler.
resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.
the act of rebelling.
Origin of rebellion
1300-50; Middle English rebellioun < Old French < Latin rebelliōn- (stem of rebelliō), equivalent to rebell(āre) to rebel + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonrebellion, noun
prerebellion, adjective
semirebellion, noun
subrebellion, noun
Can be confused
rebellion, revolt, revolution.
1. mutiny, sedition. 2. insubordination, disobedience. Unabridged
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  • This knowledge constrained the girl, even drove her into rebellion.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "I know who'll have to do all the work," the boy retorted, bitterness and rebellion in his tone.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • From the depths of her rebellion and forgiveness, slow tears rose.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • She understood only too well how deeply this rebellion was rooted.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • They had only just arrived and they were in perfect health, with plenty of courage for rebellion.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for rebellion


organized resistance or opposition to a government or other authority
dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin rebelliō revolt (of those conquered); see rebel
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Word Origin and History for rebellion

"war waged against a government by some portion of its subjects," mid-14c., from Old French rebellion (14c.) and directly from Latin rebellionem (nominative rebellio) "rebellion, revolt; renewal of war," from rebellis (see rebel (adj.)).

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