verb (used without object), re·bel, re·belled, re·bel·ling.
Origin of rebel
Examples from the Web for rebelled
We were 3-8, I think, in part because we rebelled against him.
In his isolated castle he knew no superior, and his nature might yield willingly, but rebelled at being put down.The Dove in the Eagle's Nest|Charlotte M. Yonge
From her earliest girlhood she rebelled against the injustice done women by the law.
He rebelled against the authority of the Pope, without abjuring the Roman Catholic religion, either as to dogmas or forms.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI|John Lord
He rebelled against the way that had been marked out for him.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
They submitted at first, but in 1822 rebelled and massacred the Egyptian garrison at Shendi.
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
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]
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."