defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
(of things) resisting treatment; refractory.
- re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- half-re·bel·lious, adjective
- half-re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- half-re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- non·re·bel·lious, adjective
- non·re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- non·re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- qua·si-re·bel·lious, adjective
- qua·si-re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- sem·i·re·bel·lious, adjective
- sem·i·re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- sem·i·re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- un·re·bel·lious, adjective
- un·re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- un·re·bel·lious·ness, noun
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How to use rebellious in a sentence
Duda says Kaestel was someone with a rebellious streak, bereft of support or guidance from any family.He Robbed a Taco Joint With a Toy Water Gun for $264. He Got Life in Prison. | Kate Briquelet | May 31, 2021 | The Daily Beast
This opera star and famously rebellious romancer seduced numerous women and lived about as outlandishly as you could in the 17th century.
Their first single, “No More Dream,” was an ode to teen apathy, a rebellious rejection of Korean traditionalism.
“I am proud to have been part of a rebellious band of Tribune reporters who rallied our communities and local investors behind our conviction that our cities need a strong press,” she said.Tribune shareholders vote to sell legendary chain of newspapers to a hedge fund | Elahe Izadi, Sarah Ellison | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
A lot of info I received when I was younger was not true, and I became very rebellious toward my family and my background.Here's Why Chloé Zhao's Oscars Win Was Censored in China | Suyin Haynes | April 27, 2021 | Time
Fenner says he saw a 12-year-old boy isolated from his parents for weeks because he was being “rebellious.”
But now everything was a good pretext to vent the rebellious mood.
“In high school, I was considered the most rebellious girl,” Perl says.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers | Emily Shire | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the first chapter, rebellious Holly Sykes runs away from home and headlong into the melancholy perils of first love.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories | William O’Connor | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So instead of having rebellious teens, I had my rebellious 20s.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore | Kevin Fallon | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Man's enthusiasm in praise of a fellow mortal, is soon damped by the original sin of his nature—rebellious pride!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
That thou shouldst make the kingdom to be divided, and out of Ephraim a rebellious kingdom to rule.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Having reduced Punch to a second agony of tears Harry departed upstairs with the news that Punch was still rebellious.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
The rebellious brown hair was almost in the shade of my own dashing hat-brim.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
As a natural consequence her repressed but still rebellious passions diffused their poison throughout her nature.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for rebellious
showing a tendency towards rebellion
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
- rebelliously, adverb
- rebelliousness, noun
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