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What does rebellious mean?
Rebellious is an adjective that describes someone who resists or defies rules.
Someone who acts in such a way can be called a rebel. However, the word rebel can also be used to refer to a revolutionary trying to overthrow a government. Such actions can be described as rebellious, but rebellious is much more commonly used to describe people or actions that break the rules, resist authority, or otherwise challenge the status quo. It’s especially applied to teenagers who act this way.
The noun rebelliousness refers to such behavior. The noun rebellion can refer to this, but it’s also used to refer to an attempt to overthrow a government (rebelliousness isn’t typically used this way.)
Example: Danielle was labeled rebellious for refusing to wear her uniform to school.
Where does rebellious come from?
The first records of the word rebellious come from the 1400s. It and related words, like rebel and rebellion, are derived from the Latin bell(um), which means “war” and is also the root of war-related words like antebellum, belligerent, and bellicose.
In general, rebellious can be used to describe anyone who challenges the established rules or the way things are. Rebellious people reject the status quo and instead play by their own rules, regardless of society’s restrictions or expectations. Teenagers who push against the boundaries set by their parents are often described as rebellious. The 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause helped to romanticize and popularize the character of the angsty rebellious teen, played in the movie by James Dean.
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How is rebellious used in real life?
Rebellious is most commonly applied to teenagers testing their boundaries by defying their parents.
Early-2000’s high school movies gave me the unrealistic expectation that we were all going to be in teen bands and rebel against the system, but here I am with no musical ability and the most rebellious I get is wearing socks and Crocs
— Alex LaGrand (@aelagrand) January 6, 2019
I never had a rebellious phase in my teens… but I feel like I might be having one now.
— Krisena (@KrisenaComposes) January 23, 2020
i often think about this clip of anderson cooper’s reaction to finding out an ancestor of his was killed by a rebellious slave pic.twitter.com/ha4p2ijA81
— mike taddow (@taddmike) June 16, 2020
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Is rebellious used correctly in the following sentence?
He was praised as rebellious for his unquestioning acceptance of the rules.
Example sentences from the Web for rebellious
This gives the words and work of Wojnarowicz a timely immediacy, and underscores the need to keep his ferocious, rebellious spirit alive.‘Wojnarowicz’ burns with a queer icon’s brilliant fury|John Paul King|March 24, 2021|Washington Blade
Gill, 34, has become the face of the rebellious social media uprising against powerful Wall Street elites.Congress presses Robinhood CEO on company’s role in GameStop stock frenzy|Tory Newmyer, Douglas MacMillan, Hamza Shaban|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
That rebellious, painful urge to eat something I wasn’t “supposed to” in response to food restrictions was familiar.
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|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|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|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