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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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  • And submissive, where rebelliousness would not have been without excuse.

  • Britt's ugly stare was taking the spirit out of the landlord's rebelliousness.

  • For her rebelliousness and general contumacy she was condemned to be burned alive.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • Notwithstanding my youth, my spirit has no fears of incurring a like rebelliousness.

    Pepita Ximenez Juan Valera
  • Back of this rebelliousness lay a certain amount of British influence.

    The Old Northwest Frederic Austin Ogg
  • We do not ask to forget our rebelliousness, but we ask to be assured that we are reconciled to Thee.

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • The rebelliousness of The Loom of Youth was in tune with the temper of the hour.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Then the old doubting rancor and rebelliousness took possession of the multitude.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The rebelliousness of Byron seems a rebelliousness not so much deliberate and intellectual as instinctive and impulsive.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for rebelliousness


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 rebelliousness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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