- 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.
Origin of rebellious
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1. defiant, insurgent, mutinous, seditious, rebel, refractory, disobedient, contumacious.
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Examples from the Web for rebelliously
Here is a person who refuses to succumb to corporate pressure, who rebelliously marches to the beat of his own drum.Summer 2013: The Season We All Started Wearing Birkenstocks Again
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She felt a thrill of pleasure, and rebelliously allowed it to exist.A Pair of Blue Eyes
"Mr. Green knows all about me," said Mr. Widden, rebelliously.Sailor's Knots (Entire Collection)
"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.The Wasted Generation
"I will try to obey, Father," the young man replied, rebelliously.Mariposilla
Mary Stewart Daggett
- showing a tendency towards rebellion
- (of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
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Word Origin and History for rebelliously
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