rebel

adjective
reb·​el | \ ˈre-bəl How to pronounce rebel (audio) \

Definition of rebel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : opposing or taking arms against a government or ruler
b : of or relating to rebels the rebel camp

rebel

noun

Definition of rebel (Entry 2 of 3)

: one who rebels or participates in a rebellion

rebel

verb
re·​bel | \ ri-ˈbel How to pronounce rebel (audio) \
rebelled; rebelling

Definition of rebel (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to oppose or disobey one in authority or control
b : to renounce and resist by force the authority of one's government
2a : to act in or show opposition or disobedience rebelled against the conventions of polite society
b : to feel or exhibit anger or revulsion rebelled at the injustice of life

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Examples of rebel in a Sentence

Adjective today's rebel chefs feel free to ignore the dictates of classic French cuisine Noun The government captured six armed rebels. He was a rebel against the school administration. He is a typical teenage rebel. Verb When the government imposed more taxes, the people rebelled. The protesters are rebelling against the new tax law. Children often rebel against their parents.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Soro, a former speaker of parliament and rebel leader, was sentenced in absentia by an Abidjan court after a one-day trial. Baudelaire Mieu, Bloomberg.com, "Ivory Coast Withdraws From African Human Rights Court," 5 May 2020 The infectiously affable businessman counts among his closest friends Thiel, billionaire ex-hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz, and Rwandan president Paul Kagame—former commander of the rebel force that ended the country’s genocide. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019 Some skeptics have asked: Where’s that rebel spirit? Armond White, National Review, "Rebellion, New Order–Style: What Happened to It?," 16 Apr. 2020 Both the government and the largest of the rebel groups agreed to lay down weapons, but the road to peace has so far not proved to be an easy one. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Colombia is using an app to return land to people displaced by war," 26 Mar. 2020 Douglas’s most famous role may be that of the slave who became a rebel leader in ancient Rome, in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960). Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Remembering Kirk Douglas, One of the Last Surviving Links to Old Hollywood," 5 Feb. 2020 In the shadows of the casino planet, young children are inspired by the stories of the brave Jedi, their rebel spirit forcefully activated. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: The Last Jedi destroys a legend to rebuild the same legend," 16 Dec. 2019 Sudanese government officials met informally with a rebel leader in Juba this week to prepare for the talks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sudanese rebel groups seek peace after years of fighting," 13 Oct. 2019 The Ukrainian suspect, Kharchenko, led a rebel combat unit. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Trial of suspects in shooting down of flight MH17 begins in the Netherlands," 9 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Long an ally of both Iran and Saudi Arabia, the North African nation in 2015 dramatically reduced ties with the Islamic Republic to support the Saudi war against Yemeni rebels, supplying thousands of troops. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Sudanese Leader Backs Recognizing Israel in Historic Shift," 15 May 2020 The decision reportedly was part of a deal with rebels to hand over anyone wanted by the ICC, based in The Hague, Netherlands. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 12, 2020," 12 Feb. 2020 Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the September attacks, but the United States went ahead and blamed Iran, U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia’s arch rival. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "U.S.-Iran Standoff Pushes Saudi Aramco Shares into Correction Territory—and Analysts Expect it to Drop Further," 8 Jan. 2020 Finn is the heart of the rebellion, the person who reminds us that there is hope in strength, and the rebels are not alone. Julie Washington, cleveland, "‘The Rise of Skywalker’ an emotional, gasp-inducing conclusion to ‘Star Wars’ trilogy," 18 Dec. 2019 Iran has been blamed by the US, UK, France and Germany among others for being behind the cruise missile attacks; claims that the Houthi rebels in Yemen were responsible were dismissed as implausible. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it," 3 Oct. 2019 Turns out Incom’s past experience building civilian aircraft, like the T-16 Skyhopper airspeeder, would be a perfect fit for the growing band of rebels. Zarnon Kalgon, Popular Mechanics, "Why the X-Wing Is Such a Badass Spaceplane," 4 May 2020 Taylor, who had been president from 1997-2003, was convicted by an international court in 2012 of supporting rebels in Sierra Leone who murdered and mutilated thousands during their country’s brutal civil war in return for blood diamonds. Fox News, "ICE deports ex-member of Liberian rebel group from Minnesota," 3 May 2020 This engaging sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale tempers the first novel’s grim vision by supplying a parallel text that reveals one of its villains, Aunt Lydia, to have been a rebel in waiting. Lili Loofbourow, The New York Review of Books, "The Post-Traumatic Novel," 25 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In reality, Wong rebelled against her Chinese American parents’ wishes and left school for auditions. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Hollywood Overindulges Ryan Murphy’s Wishful Thinking," 10 May 2020 We may be tempted to rebel against authority or lash out against others. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 5 Apr. 2020 In this, Chanakya induces Dhanananda’s son Pabbatta to rebel against his father. Anand Neelakanthan, Quartz India, "Who exactly was Chanakya, the ancient genius that wily Indian politicians are being compared with?," 20 Dec. 2019 Prior to the Frenchman's dismissal, the Foxes were a melting pot of frustration and confusion, causing fans and players, alike, to rebel against the manager. SI.com, "Jamie Vardy Stat Highlights Leicester's Remarkable Improvement Under Brendan Rodgers," 4 Nov. 2019 The idea that free expression, rebelling against 1950s repression, is the paramount value, is anathema to them. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Woody Allen’s Memoir Is Shrouded in Secrecy. Why?," 1 Apr. 2020 Panem holds the Hunger Games each year as retribution for a wartime period known as the Dark Days, when the districts rebelled against the Capitol. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Hunger Games Prequel Courts Controversy Over Its Choice of Main Character," 22 Jan. 2020 Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main ally, alongside Iran, during the nine-year war that started when people rebelled against the government in 2011. Washington Post, "Russia urges civilians to leave final rebel enclave, announcing three passages out," 13 Jan. 2020 The Santa Cruz insurrection superficially resembles one that took place in 2008, when the largely white and mestizo elite rebelled against Mr Morales’s leftist policies and centralisation of power. The Economist, "Evo Morales faces a long insurrection," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rebel

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rebel

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin rebellis, from re- + bellum war, from Old Latin duellum

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“Rebel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebel. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for rebel

rebel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rebel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who opposes or fights against a government
: a person who opposes a person or group in authority : a person who does not obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.

rebel

verb
How to pronounce rebel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rebel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to oppose or fight against a government
: to oppose a person or group in authority : to refuse to obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.

rebel

noun
reb·​el | \ ˈre-bəl How to pronounce rebel (audio) \

Kids Definition of rebel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a person who opposes or fights against a government
2 : a person who does not obey authority or follow usual standards

rebel

verb
re·​bel | \ ri-ˈbel How to pronounce rebel (audio) \
rebelled; rebelling

Kids Definition of rebel (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to be or fight against authority and especially the authority of a person's government
2 : to feel or show anger, strong dislike, or disapproval “She wanted to make it a whole purple suit, but I rebelled.”— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

rebel

adjective
reb·​el | \ ˈre-bəl How to pronounce rebel (audio) \

Kids Definition of rebel (Entry 3 of 3)

: opposing or fighting against a government or ruler

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