- 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 rebelliousness
The rebelliousness of music spoke to this child of hippies and Levine had found his subculture.The Buddhist Punk Reforming Drug Rehab
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And submissive, where rebelliousness would not have been without excuse.Bunyan Characters - Third Series
Britt's ugly stare was taking the spirit out of the landlord's rebelliousness.When Egypt Went Broke
For her rebelliousness and general contumacy she was condemned to be burned alive.Idling in Italy
Notwithstanding my youth, my spirit has no fears of incurring a like rebelliousness.Pepita Ximenez
Back of this rebelliousness lay a certain amount of British influence.The Old Northwest
Frederic Austin Ogg
- showing a tendency towards rebellion
- (of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
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Word Origin and History for rebelliousness
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