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  1. defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
  3. (of things) resisting treatment; refractory.

Origin of rebellious

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin rebelliōsus, equivalent to Latin rebelli(ō) rebellion + -ōsus -ous
Related formsre·bel·lious·ly, adverbre·bel·lious·ness, nounhalf-re·bel·lious, adjectivehalf-re·bel·lious·ly, adverbhalf-re·bel·lious·ness, nounnon·re·bel·lious, adjectivenon·re·bel·lious·ly, adverbnon·re·bel·lious·ness, nounqua·si-re·bel·lious, adjectivequa·si-re·bel·lious·ly, adverbsem·i·re·bel·lious, adjectivesem·i·re·bel·lious·ly, adverbsem·i·re·bel·lious·ness, nounun·re·bel·lious, adjectiveun·re·bel·lious·ly, adverbun·re·bel·lious·ness, noun

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Contemporary Examples of rebelliously

Historical Examples of rebelliously

  • She felt a thrill of pleasure, and rebelliously allowed it to exist.

  • "Mr. Green knows all about me," said Mr. Widden, rebelliously.

  • "I don't like the idea of an untrained maid, at all," said Dolly rebelliously.

    Living on a Little

    Caroline French Benton

  • To some, to some brought up in different traditions, perhaps, I said rebelliously.

  • "I will try to obey, Father," the young man replied, rebelliously.


    Mary Stewart Daggett

British Dictionary definitions for rebelliously


  1. showing a tendency towards rebellion
  2. (of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
Derived Formsrebelliously, adverbrebelliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rebelliously



early 15c., from Latin rebellis (see rebel (adj.)) + -ous. Related: Rebelliously; rebelliousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper