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noun re·bel·lion \ri-ˈbel-yən\

Simple Definition of rebellion

  • : an effort by many people to change the government or leader of a country by the use of protest or violence

  • : open opposition toward a person or group in authority

  • : refusal to obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.

Full Definition of rebellion

  1. 1 :  opposition to one in authority or dominance

  2. 2 a :  open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established government b :  an instance of such defiance or resistance

Examples of rebellion

  1. The king's army suppressed the rebellion.

  2. The unfair tax laws sparked a rebellion.

  3. The peasants rose in rebellion.

  4. She's the head of a rebellion against the leaders of the party.

  5. Recent election losses have led to open rebellion among some party members, who are calling for a complete change of leadership.

14th Century

First Known Use of rebellion

14th century

Synonym Discussion of rebellion

rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful <open rebellion against the officers>. revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government) <a political revolution that toppled the monarchy>. uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion <quickly put down the uprising>. revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds <a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders> <an insurrection of oppressed laborers>. mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority <a mutiny led by the ship's cook>.

REBELLION Defined for Kids


noun re·bel·lion \ri-ˈbel-yən\

Definition of rebellion

  1. 1 :  open opposition to authority <The strict rules caused rebellion in their class.>

  2. 2 :  an open fight by citizens against their government

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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