[ ri-bel-yuhn ]
/ rɪˈbɛl yən /


open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler.
resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.
the act of rebelling.

Nearby words

  1. rebecca,
  2. rebekah,
  3. rebel,
  4. rebel yell,
  5. rebeldom,
  6. rebellious,
  7. rebellow,
  8. rebid,
  9. rebiddable,
  10. rebirth

Origin of rebellion

1300–50; Middle English rebellioun < Old French < Latin rebelliōn- (stem of rebelliō), equivalent to rebell(āre) to rebel + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·re·bel·lion, nounpre·re·bel·lion, adjectivesem·i·re·bel·lion, nounsub·re·bel·lion, noun

Can be confusedrebellion revolt revolution Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rebellion


/ (rɪˈbɛljən) /


organized resistance or opposition to a government or other authority
dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc

Word Origin for rebellion

C14: via Old French from Latin rebelliō revolt (of those conquered); see rebel

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Word Origin and History for rebellion



"war waged against a government by some portion of its subjects," mid-14c., from Old French rebellion (14c.) and directly from Latin rebellionem (nominative rebellio) "rebellion, revolt; renewal of war," from rebellis (see rebel (adj.)).

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