- 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.
- rebellious; defiant.
- of or relating to rebels.
- to reject, resist, or rise in arms against one's government or ruler.
- to resist or rise against some authority, control, or tradition.
- to show or feel utter repugnance: His very soul rebelled at spanking the child.
Origin of rebel
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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.The Corrupt Cops of Rebel-Held East Ukraine
December 11, 2014
Excerpted from Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
But he bristles at the mention of U.S. support for Syrian rebel groups.Welcome to Assadville, USA
November 11, 2014
The OSCE could not tell who fired at the school, Ukrainian or rebel forces.Ukraine Could Explode in the Next 48 Hours
November 10, 2014
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
November 8, 2014
Now, Renmark, you are more of a rebel at the present moment than O'Neill.In the Midst of Alarms
These committees of the rebel scoundrels have been active for months, all about us.In the Valley
I must tell you, Madam, said he, that you give the rebel courage.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The senior partner was regarding the rebel with grave-eyed reproach.American Notes
This time they did not dare to rebel, for they felt she was in the right; they were unreasonable.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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)
- a person who rebels
- (as modifier)a rebel soldier; a rebel leader
- a person who dissents from some accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
Word Origin and History 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]