verb (used without object), re·bel, re·belled, re·bel·ling.
Origin of rebel
Examples from the Web for rebel
Malakhov says there are criminals who have joined the rebel ranks and are exerting influence with their new positions.
Excerpted from Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne.
But he bristles at the mention of U.S. support for Syrian rebel groups.
The OSCE could not tell who fired at the school, Ukrainian or rebel forces.
And a woman—proud, strong, “again a rebel, [who] determines she will be crowned once again.”Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Rebel soldier had stolen his coat, and he had no blanket to protect him from the cold night-winds.Winning His Way|Charles Carleton Coffin
This was the last dispatch sent by Lee to the Rebel Government.The Great Conspiracy, Complete|John Alexander Logan
The rebel leaders in Arkansas found it out before the end of the second year of the war.The Lost Army|Thomas W. Knox
Both were perforated by the Rebel shell, the Tyler receiving the larger number.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
The troops on our left were to be withdrawn, but suddenly ordered to halt as the rebel cavalry was reported to attack our left.Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery|Theodore Reichardt
verb (rɪˈbɛl) -bels, -belling or -belled (intr often foll by against)
- a person who rebels
- (as modifier)a rebel soldier; a rebel leader
Word Origin for rebel
c.1300, from Old French rebelle "stubborn, obstinate, rebellious" (12c.) and directly from Latin rebellis "insurgent, rebellious," from rebellare "to rebel, revolt," from re- "opposite, against," or perhaps "again" (see re-) + bellare "wage war," from bellum "war."
mid-14c., from Old French rebeller (14c.), from Latin rebellare "to revolt" (see rebel (adj.)). Related: Rebelled; rebelling.
"person who makes war on his country for political motives," mid-14c., from rebel (adj.). Meaning "supporter of the American cause in the War of Independence" is from 1775; sense of "supporter of the Southern cause in the American Civil War" is attested from April 15, 1861. Rebel yell in an American Civil War context attested from 1862, but the thing itself is older and was said to have been picked up by southwestern men in their periodic wars against the Indians.
The Southern troops, when charging or to express their delight, always yell in a manner peculiar to themselves. The Yankee cheer is more like ours; but the Confederate officers declare that the rebel yell has a particular merit, and always produces a salutary and useful effect upon their adversaries. A corps is sometimes spoken of as a 'good yelling regiment.' [A.J.L. Fremantle, "The Battle of Gettysburg and the Campaign in Pennsylvania," in "Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine," Sept. 1863]