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[ri-bel-yuh s] /rɪˈbɛl yəs/
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin rebelliōsus, equivalent to Latin rebelli(ō) rebellion + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
half-rebellious, adjective
half-rebelliously, adverb
half-rebelliousness, noun
nonrebellious, adjective
nonrebelliously, adverb
nonrebelliousness, noun
quasi-rebellious, adjective
quasi-rebelliously, adverb
semirebellious, adjective
semirebelliously, adverb
semirebelliousness, noun
unrebellious, adjective
unrebelliously, adverb
unrebelliousness, noun
1. defiant, insurgent, mutinous, seditious, rebel, refractory, disobedient, contumacious. Unabridged
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  • I had grown hardened and had come to accept my fate, at first rebelliously, then with more of Lute's peculiar kind of philosophy.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I should like to know how you would have had Dan bear it," she said rebelliously.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • He went to his room, rebelliously preparing to dress for the dinner and theater to which he had been commanded.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • Brangstar, as if warned of what was coming, rebelliously gave the signal.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • She felt a thrill of pleasure, and rebelliously allowed it to exist.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • "Well, she needn't holler so if she does," cried Virginia, rebelliously.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
  • "Better do that than stand still to cry at it," says the younger Miss Beresford, rebelliously.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • He persisted until the veterinarian came, sleepily and rebelliously.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • "I have to say what I think sometimes," Pauline replied, rebelliously.

    Plashers Mead Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for rebelliously


showing a tendency towards rebellion
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
Derived Forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rebelliously



early 15c., from Latin rebellis (see rebel (adj.)) + -ous. Related: Rebelliously; rebelliousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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