- defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
- pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
- (of things) resisting treatment; refractory.
Origin of rebellious
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1. defiant, insurgent, mutinous, seditious, rebel, refractory, disobedient, contumacious.
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Examples from the Web for rebellious
Fenner says he saw a 12-year-old boy isolated from his parents for weeks because he was being “rebellious.”Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
But now everything was a good pretext to vent the rebellious mood.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
“In high school, I was considered the most rebellious girl,” Perl says.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers
September 30, 2014
In the first chapter, rebellious Holly Sykes runs away from home and headlong into the melancholy perils of first love.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories
September 14, 2014
So instead of having rebellious teens, I had my rebellious 20s.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
Tillie, afraid of her rebellious spirit, went to prayer meeting.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She could not bear that hurt, rebellious, lonely look which they had worn.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
At last it lost its power, and could not help her in checking her rebellious thoughts.The Dream
The governor, a coward or a traitor, rendered thee to the rebellious crowd.Leila, Complete
To bring it from its haughty, rebellious pedestal, down to cordiality and love.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- showing a tendency towards rebellion
- (of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
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Word Origin and History for rebellious
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