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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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  • The rebellion had then long been maturing, as you know; but just then came the crisis.

  • This was the third sign of rebellion which the man had shown in the past week.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • A family drama, an act of rebellion, will only be mentioned if the police have appeared on the scene.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • True, "slaveholders' rebellion" still survives here and there.

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915 Basil L. Gildersleeve
  • Nearly all the English generals regarded the rebellion as dead or dying, and many Americans were of the same opinion.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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