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Origin of rebellious
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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
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
I'm just as rebellious as I was when I discovered my first gray hair.Anne Of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery
I found it exceedingly difficult to subdue her agitation and silence her rebellious limb, but I did finally succeed.The Shadow World|Hamlin Garland
She was sulky and rebellious when told to return to her seat.The Book of the Bush|George Dunderdale
As she passed Miss Sophronia's door, Margaret fancied she heard a call; but she was not sure, and for once she was rebellious.Margaret Montfort|Laura E. Richards
And so the dear little innocent suffers continually for my rebellious spirit prior to his birth.What a Young Husband Ought to Know|Sylvanus Stall