[ ri-bel-yuhn ]
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  1. open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler.

  2. resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.

  1. the act of rebelling.

Origin of rebellion

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English rebellioun, from Old French, from Latin rebelliōn-, stem of rebelliō; equivalent to rebel + -ion

Other words for rebellion

Other words from rebellion

  • non·re·bel·lion, noun
  • pre·re·bel·lion, adjective
  • sem·i·re·bel·lion, noun
  • sub·re·bel·lion, noun

Words that may be confused with rebellion

Words Nearby rebellion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rebellion in a sentence

  • For several months he remained under a political cloud, charged with incompetency to quell the Philippine rebellion.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Primo de Rivera, who believed the rebellion to be fast on the wane, shipped back to Spain 7,000 troops.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • The rebellion spread to their district, and many of the natives on and about the estate were eager to join in the movement.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • For good or ill, the torrent of rebellion was suffered to break loose, and it soon engulfed a continent.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • The anger and rebellion had been comatose in these years of freedom, but the maturer brain was the more uneasy, at times appalled.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for rebellion


/ (rɪˈbɛljən) /

  1. organized resistance or opposition to a government or other authority

  2. dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc

Origin of rebellion

C14: via Old French from Latin rebelliō revolt (of those conquered); see rebel

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