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.
- re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- half-re·bel·lious, adjective
- half-re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- half-re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- non·re·bel·lious, adjective
- non·re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- non·re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- qua·si-re·bel·lious, adjective
- qua·si-re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- sem·i·re·bel·lious, adjective
- sem·i·re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- sem·i·re·bel·lious·ness, noun
- un·re·bel·lious, adjective
- un·re·bel·lious·ly, adverb
- un·re·bel·lious·ness, noun
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How to use rebellious in a sentence
He stands for that rebellious spirit in the fact of a world that kind of holds you down.‘Calvin and Hobbes’ said goodbye 25 years ago. Here’s why Bill Watterson’s masterwork enchants us still. | Michael Cavna | December 31, 2020 | Washington Post
We are NOT trying to be rebellious or are anti-masks, anti-people’s health or any of the other nonsense.Restaurants Are Defying Indoor Dining Shutdowns to Survive Winter | Jenny G. Zhang | November 30, 2020 | Eater
That was the relationship, the one of a rebellious father with a son.Police search home and office of Maradona’s doctor in death investigation | Ruby Mellen, Ana Herrero | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Keep some water nearby in case of rebellious sparks, and you’ll want a good oven mitt or work glove to handle the pot.This cocktail can keep you warm around the fire pit — and you can make it there, too | M. Carrie Allan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Tina Knowles-Lawson on motherhoodStill, Knowles-Lawson acknowledges that she was “a young rebellious woman, and had a mouth on me, and got into trouble a lot.”How Beyoncé and Solange Were Shaped by Childhood Therapy | Joy Nesbitt | August 13, 2020 | Ozy
The rebelliousness of music spoke to this child of hippies and Levine had found his subculture.
Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela | The Daily Beast | December 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Initially her parents attributed her erratic behavior to typical teenage rebelliousness.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico | Nick Romeo | August 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
When they give their account, you will not find that your fretful rebelliousness has profited you aught.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews | Thomas Charles Edwards
We do not ask to forget our rebelliousness, but we ask to be assured that we are reconciled to Thee.The Whole Armour of God | John Henry Jowett
I supposed, as a matter of course, that I should be sent to hell for my rebelliousness; still I rebelled.
By carelessness, rebelliousness, the opposition of indifference, we can chill the affection of those to whom we are dearest.Expositions of Holy Scripture | Alexander Maclaren
And then the regret of having neither wife nor child filled him with rebelliousness, and wrung his heart with intolerable anguish.Doctor Pascal | Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for rebellious
showing a tendency towards rebellion
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
- rebelliously, adverb
- rebelliousness, noun
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