rebel

[ noun, adjective reb-uhl; verb ri-bel ]
/ noun, adjective ˈrɛb əl; verb rɪˈbɛl /

noun

a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.

adjective

rebellious; defiant.
of or relating to rebels.

verb (used without object), re·bel, re·belled, re·bel·ling.

Origin of rebel

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Old French rebelle < Latin rebellis renewing a war, equivalent to re- re- + bell(um) war + -is adj. suffix; (v.) Middle English rebellen (< Old French rebeller) < Latin rebellāre; (noun) Middle English rebel, derivative of the adj.

Related forms

reb·el·like, adjectivenon·reb·el, noun, adjectivepro·reb·el, adjectivesem·i·reb·el, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rebel

rebel


verb (rɪˈbɛl) -bels, -belling or -belled (intr often foll by against)

to resist or rise up against a government or other authority, esp by force of arms
to dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
to show repugnance (towards)

noun (ˈrɛbəl)

  1. a person who rebels
  2. (as modifier)a rebel soldier; a rebel leader
a person who dissents from some accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc

Derived Forms

rebeldom, noun

Word Origin for rebel

C13: from Old French rebelle, from Latin rebellis insurgent, from re- + bellum war
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