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.

Nearby words

  1. rebekah,
  2. rebel,
  3. rebel yell,
  4. rebeldom,
  5. rebellion,
  6. rebellow,
  7. rebid,
  8. rebiddable,
  9. rebirth,
  10. rebirthing

Origin of rebellious

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin rebelliōsus, equivalent to Latin rebelli(ō) rebellion + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for rebelliously



showing a tendency towards rebellion
(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.

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