[ reb-uhl-duhm ]


  1. a region or territory controlled by rebels.
  2. rebels collectively.
  3. rebellious conduct.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rebeldom1

First recorded in 1855–60; rebel + -dom

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Example Sentences

Put these things by the side of the acts of the “vandal Yankees” in Virginia, and then let mad Rebeldom prate of honor!

Of course I held my tongue, and gave no one reason to suppose that I had ever been in rebeldom.

Well, it can be but a day or two, and we are out of rebeldom.

I could not remember seeing this before, so I made up my mind I was actually inside rebeldom.

Where our flag now is once unfolded in any part of rebeldom, there it continues to float, and will float forever.


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More About Rebeldom

What does rebeldom mean?

Rebeldom refers to a region or territory controlled by rebels—revolutionaries trying to overthrow a government.

Rebeldom can also refer to rebels collectively, as in The rebeldom consisted of a ragtag coalition of fighters.

It can also be used as another word for rebellious behavior—behavior that breaks the rules, resists authority, or otherwise challenges the status quo. This can also be called rebelliousness or rebellion, though the word rebellion is more commonly used to refer to an attempt to overthrow a government—an organized revolution.

Despite its versatility, the word rebeldom is not commonly used.

Example: Government troops are closing in on the rebeldom in an attempt to take back the territory.

Where does rebeldom come from?

The first records of rebeldom come from around the 1850s. The word rebel is recorded earlier, in the 1300s, and is derived from the Latin bell(um), which means “war” and is also the root of war-related words like antebellum, belligerent, and bellicose. The suffix -dom is typically used to indicate a domain (as in kingdom) or as a collective way of referring to people (as in officialdom).

The word rebeldom came into usage around the time of the American Civil War, when members of the Confederacy, who attempted to secede from the Union, were called Rebels. The word rebeldom was used to refer to them collectively, the territory they held, or the status of being such a rebel.

Perhaps because the Confederacy was defeated, the word rebeldom has not gained much use since then. Today, you’re perhaps most likely to encounter it being used as a synonym for rebelliousness or the state of being a rebel in the sense of someone who breaks the rules to shake things up.

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How is rebeldom used in real life?

Rebeldom is not commonly used. In modern usage, it’s often used to refer to behavior by someone considered a rebel.



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Is rebeldom used correctly in the following sentence?

We will not stand for this rebeldom, this utter disregard for the rules!