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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This doc is centered on Grammy-winner Brandi Carlile, a longtime Tucker fan, who takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her idol about Tucker's raucous and rebel life. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 The idyllic location witnesses explosive battle scenes as Jyn Erso leads a rebel squad on a mission to steal Death Star plans. Griffin Shea, CNN, 4 May 2022 When middle-aged Hollywood goddesses are gathered, our minds are thrust to that auteur’s precinct, where, for better or for worse, the mature performer is the rebel muse and historical incident is a putty plaything. The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 However, the backwards lurch has also sparked a reaction from numerous separatist groups and rebel militia that may now amount to a civil war. Patrick Frater, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 In neighboring Liberia, the presence of former rebel warlords in the Legislature is a lingering reminder of the conflict that gripped the nation for 14 years until a peace accord in 2003. Clair Macdougall, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2022 And a rebel spy who witnessed Cruxy’s interrogation agreed. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Russia has recognized the independence of the rebel regions in the Donbas. Adam Schreck, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 Russia has recognized the independence of the rebel regions in the Donbas. Adam Schreck, ajc, 14 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun SilverFast, Nord and Eclipse were three superyachts that hosted rebel and empire vehicles, while the studio used smaller vessels for its tender series in 2020. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 4 May 2022 The rugged rebel attitude, of course, is something of an American tradition. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, 3 May 2022 Why is Moses considered the biggest rebel in the Bible? Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 3 May 2022 The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Travis Bean, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 In rural areas, the military has bombed rebel strongholds and torched villages, driving thousands of people into the jungle. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 In this original incarnation, Bushman is the merciless leader of a group of mercenaries taking out rebel camps in Sudan. Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Anointed as the young rebel of the industry, the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up introduced then-shocking bridal crop tops, cut-outs, and pants with her 2017 debut, later followed by even more experimental styles like cone bras. Fawnia Soo Hoo, refinery29.com, 14 Apr. 2022 In other developments, the head of the separatist rebel government in Donetsk claimed Ukrainian forces have lost control of the port area of Mariupol. Yuras Karmanau, Adam Schreck And Cara Anna, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amazon shareholders have been advised to rebel against the company’s recommendation that they re-elect Judith McGrath to its Board of Directors later this month. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 6 May 2022 The building doesn’t rebel completely — the fresh air only travels into the multistory common areas that inhabit the perimeter of the building, where employees at Uber can hang out, eat lunch, work on a task or gather for meetings. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 So far, and probably for decades to come, the way the office workers will rebel is outside the workplace. Fanny Howe, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 In all of these novels there is an estrangement, particularly between mothers and daughters, as daughters rebel in order to be fully themselves. Nanjala Nyabola, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 In 2010, the FBI charged nine members of a fundamentalist Christian sect in southeastern Michigan called Hutaree with conspiring to rebel against the government. John Flesher, ajc, 6 Mar. 2022 Practical new arrangements are in the spotlight near the full Moon of the 28th but the 19th holds an aspect that prompts you to rebel against the status quo. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 Mar. 2022 The nominal central thread involves Carol’s attempts to rebel against studio tyranny and the consequent humiliating downsizing of her part, as the younger, more bankable Krystal’s is beefed up. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 Since these changes were introduced, reports of traffic accidents involving couriers have grown, and couriers have started to rebel. Masha Borak, Wired, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for rebel

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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