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Origin of rebellion
OTHER WORDS FROM rebellionnon·re·bel·lion, nounpre·re·bel·lion, adjectivesem·i·re·bel·lion, nounsub·re·bel·lion, noun
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What does rebellion mean?
A rebellion is an attempt to overthrow a government—an organized revolution.
It can also refer to a revolt against another form of authority. More generally, rebellion can refer to an action or behavior that resists or defies rules or norms or otherwise challenges the status quo.
The verb rebel means to engage in rebellion. As a noun, rebel can refer to a revolutionary or to a person who is defiant or disobedient. Such a defiant person can be called rebellious, and the noun rebelliousness refers to such behavior. Rebellion can also refer to this, as in I went through a phase of teenage rebellion.
Example: The rebellion is being led by a coalition of factions that all have the same goal—to topple the regime.
Where does rebellion come from?
The first records of the word rebellion come from the 1300s. It is derived from the Latin bell(um), which means “war” and is also the root of war-related words like antebellum, belligerent, and bellicose.
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. Rebellion is commonly used as a synonym for revolution, but the word rebellion is perhaps more commonly used when it’s in progress, whereas revolution is used to refer to a successful rebellion.
More generally, a person who challenges the established rules or the way things are is engaging in rebellion. Acts of rebellion often reject the status quo, regardless of society’s restrictions or expectations.
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What are some other forms of rebellion?
- rebel (noun, verb)
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How is rebellion used in real life?
Rebellion is commonly used in reference to people attempting to overthrow a government, but it can be used in many other contexts.
#OTD 1953: East German Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion. Disturbances spread accross East Germany, made up of students, workers and political groups. #coldwarhist pic.twitter.com/gEpIlZagoC
— Politics & Contemporary History at Salford (@SalfordUni_PCH) June 17, 2020
My cover story for the July edition of @RollingStone, on the current American rebellion against police violence and systemic racism—through the lens of the three women who first put the words “black lives matter” into our political lexicon seven years ago. https://t.co/4buz65ZVI7 pic.twitter.com/zjNgqOFr6M
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 16, 2020
in a system built to destroy you, your joy is an act of rebellion.
— Joél Leon. (@JoelakaMaG) June 16, 2020
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Is rebellion used correctly in the following sentence?
Signs of rebellion among the stockholders have been growing since the last earnings report was released.
Example sentences from the Web for rebellion
In late August, an anonymous developer sporting a cartoon panda chef avatar led a crypto rebellion.Is the SushiSwap saga a preview of a new wave of crypto chaos?|dzanemorris|September 9, 2020|Fortune
According to some scholars, the settlement stemmed from the rebellion and regrouping of people who fled the collapse of large, urban areas in the southern Levant, modern-day Israel and Palestine.A Justification For Unrest? Look No Further Than The Bible And The Founding Fathers|LGBTQ-Editor|June 11, 2020|No Straight News
And, just like Katniss, we need rules that make solidarity a centerpiece of shared life, not a desperate act of rebellion.
It may have looked like paradise, but a rebellion was brewing around the Davises.
Since then, Kisangani has been the epicenter of nearly every rebellion in the Congo.
Democratic rebellion has transformed America in important ways.
Before the Russian-backed rebellion in eastern Ukraine most were regarded as little more than hooligans.Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side|Anna Nemtsova|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thus stimulated, the increasing disaffection culminated in the rebellion of 1798, which was sternly and cruelly repressed.
On the breaking out of the rebellion, he entered with all his native enthusiasm into the home duties of the war.Cleveland Past and Present|Maurice Joblin
"Well, leave everything as it is," I commanded, despite the rebellion in Nixon's eye.The Mayor's Wife|Anna Katherine Green
Grave and frigid, but inwardly warmhearted and passionate, O'Brien had little aptitude for rebellion.The Glories of Ireland|Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
The sign had been taken down when the Jacobite army penetrated into England in the Rebellion of 1745.