verb (used without object), re·bel, re·belled, re·bel·ling.
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Origin of rebel
OTHER WORDS FROM rebelreb·el·like, adjectivenon·reb·el, noun, adjectivepro·reb·el, adjectivesem·i·reb·el, noun
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What does rebel mean?
A rebel is a person who resists or defies rules or norms or rises up against the powers that be.
In its more serious sense, a rebel is a revolutionary trying to overthrow a government. More generally, it means someone who breaks the rules, resists authority, or otherwise challenges the status quo by doing things in a nontraditional way, such as in fashion and other arts. As a noun, rebel is pronounced “REB-uhl.”
Rebel is also a verb meaning to resist or rise up against authority or tradition. As a verb, rebel is pronounced “ri-BELL.”
Example: Danielle refused to wear her uniform to school, fighting with the principle and urging the other girls to rebel against the policy as she did.
Where does rebel come from?
To rebel is to make war against something you disagree with or refuse to conform to. In its most traditional sense, rebel literally means to wage war against a government or other form of rule in order to overthrow it. When multiple people participate in this kind of act, it is called a rebellion. In the American Civil War, the members of the Confederacy who attempted to secede from the Union are called Rebels. In the Star Wars series, the revolutionaries trying to bring down the Empire are known as the Rebel Alliance.
More generally, a rebel is anyone who challenges the established rules or the way things are. Rebels reject the status quo and instead play by their own rules, regardless of society’s restrictions or expectations. Because rebels are usually (by definition) taking on those who are more powerful, they are often seen as underdogs. They are also often seen as outsiders.
Teenagers who push against the boundaries set by their parents are often described as rebellious (the adjective form of rebel). The 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause helped to romanticize and popularize the character of the angsty teen rebel, played in the movie by James Dean.
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How is rebel used in real life?
Rebel is commonly used to refer to an actual revolutionary trying to overthrow a government. It is also commonly used to refer to anyone intentionally breaking rules that they disagree with. Such rebels are often seen as cool and are usually portrayed that way in popular culture.
Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels are backing UN calls for a ceasefire to help battle coronavirus, according to their respective media outlets.
The Saudi-led coalition and the secessionist Southern Transitional Council have also reportedly welcomed the call.
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) March 26, 2020
— CNN (@CNN) March 4, 2019
Early-2000’s high school movies gave me the unrealistic expectation that we were all going to be in teen bands and rebel against the system, but here I am with no musical ability and the most rebellious I get is wearing socks and Crocs
— Alex LaGrand (@aelagrand) January 6, 2019
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He was praised as a rebel for his unquestioning acceptance of the rules.
Example sentences from the Web for rebel
Russia has also entrenched itself along Libya’s coast through its support for the rebel leader Khalifa Haftar, who controls the region.Butterfly Effect: The Next U.S.-Russia Conflict Theater Could be the Mediterranean|Charu Kasturi|September 17, 2020|Ozy
The GRU chief is also a central figure in Russia’s attempts to bring rebel Libyan leader Khalifa Haftar to power in Tripoli.Spy Wars: The Hidden Foe America Must Defeat to Save Its Democracy|Charu Kasturi|September 13, 2020|Ozy
Chef Nomi, as the rebel-bear called himself, attracted a following with promises of a “fair launch.”Is the SushiSwap saga a preview of a new wave of crypto chaos?|dzanemorris|September 9, 2020|Fortune
Among them was Muhammad Qasim Shah, the last known militant from Tral, a township that had given birth in 2015 to a fresh wave of armed rebels against India following years of steady decline in the number of militants.
In fact, voters rebelled in November when patriotic hysteria went too far.‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’: Why San Diego Banned ‘Seditious’ Talk in 1918|Randy Dotinga|August 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego
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.
Despite its recent gains on the battlefield, the fight against rebel brigades has taken a significant toll on the government army.Local Truces Are Syria’s Sad Little Pieces of Peace|Joshua Hersh|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the calmness in rebel-held Donetsk on Sunday night suggested no big push is planned in the next few hours, at least.
Other more moderate rebel groups have long claimed that was the case.Digital Doublethink: Playing Truth or Dare with Putin, Assad and ISIS|Christopher Dickey, Anna Nemtsova|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rebel Planner had fallen from his allegiance, and was making his terms with the enemy.
The rebel general opportunely arrived in Singapore at or about the time of the outbreak of American-Spanish hostilities.
De Valor resumed it, when he raised the rebel standard on the Alpuxara mountains.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Lastly, there was Aguinaldoʼs old rebel party, which rallied to the one cry “Independence.”
It was one of these rebel detachments that passed the four fugitives from Cawnpore on the outskirts of Bunnee.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for rebel
verb (rɪˈbɛl) -bels, -belling or -belled (intr often foll by against)
- a person who rebels
- (as modifier)a rebel soldier; a rebel leader