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

Moreover, the new government will also need to make peace with armed rebel groups in Darfur and the south, some of which say they have been excluded from the current negotiations in Khartoum. The Economist, "The Sudan peace deal is greeted with little excitement," 8 July 2019 Between 1990 and 1994, Akagera became a battleground between the Rwandan Army and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel army mostly composed of Tutsi exiles. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 The South Carolina Secessionist Party has raised a Confederate flag on a temporary flagpole the past three years to protest the date the rebel banner was permanently removed. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 In his latest column, Shribman writes Ryan and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are both trying to play the rebel card in the election. cleveland.com, "Ohio budget deal due this week: Capitol Letter," 24 June 2019 And his coffee idea, despite a flare-up of the war in 2014-16, when government forces advanced up the mountain to attack the rebel holdout, is blooming nicely. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 Opposition supporters talk about a rebel counter-offensive emerging from Idlib. The Economist, "Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels," 6 June 2019 The war monitoring group said rebel fighters advanced in one of the villages — Jebeen — after intense clashes. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 6, 2019," 6 June 2019 The United States and others are wary of this latest deal, which returns rebel leader Riek Machar as President Salva Kiir's deputy. Fox News, "The Latest: South Sudan urges support for peace effort," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But even that has proved futile as the rebels fight back aggressively. Bassem Mroue, SFChronicle.com, "Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power," 13 July 2019 As Syria slid into civil war in 2011, control of the camp shifted to Syrian rebels and Palestinian groups fighting against Assad’s government. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "An Israeli soldier went MIA 37 years ago. International intrigue and DNA testing brought him home.," 11 July 2019 The rebels of 1916 had inflicted casualties on innocents; their rebellion wrecked central Dublin. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Off The Shelf: The Wrong Dubliner?," 5 July 2019 The flight was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on a flight path that took it over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebel and Ukrainian soldiers were fighting. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dutch probe to charge 4 suspects with murder in 2014 shootdown of Malaysian Flight MH17 over Ukraine," 19 June 2019 The three years of violent skirmishes between the rebels and Niger’s army had the effect of vaporizing the predominant industry. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 The Broadway establishment has always been composed of rebels and outcasts — without whom, the misery of the era of AIDS would have been so very much worse. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Terrence McNally's lifetime award speech at the Tonys was ignored — but it was the most important of the night," 12 June 2019 An anti-government protester walks near a bus that was set on fire by opponents of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during clashes between rebel and loyalist soldiers in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 Both boys were child soldiers forcibly enlisted by Houthi rebels and put to work carrying ammunition and supplies to the front lines. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those who rebelled at the Stonewall Inn nearly 50 years ago could have never imagined who strolled into the now-iconic bar Tuesday afternoon. NBC News, "Joe Biden visits historic Stonewall Inn gay bar," 18 June 2019 By incorporating decorative screens, homeowners are rebelling not only against bland interiors but also one of the most prevalent trends of the past 40 years: the open floor plan. Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Room dividers — and all their old-Hollywood charm — are back," 15 June 2019 By incorporating decorative screens, homeowners are rebelling not only against bland interiors but also one of the most prevalent trends of the past 40 years: the open floor plan. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, "Decorative room dividers make an elegant comeback," 11 June 2019 Some supporters are rebelling publicly and questioning its leadership. oregonlive.com, "NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending by top officials and vendors," 10 June 2019 Some supporters are rebelling publicly and questioning its leadership. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "NRA money flowed to board members amid allegedly lavish spending by officials, vendors," 10 June 2019 Faced with toxic systems that are destroying all life on Earth, affirmation of this vision and rebelling against whatever gets in its way becomes a sacred duty for all. Farhana Yamin, Time, "This Is the Only Way to Tackle the Climate Emergency," 14 June 2019 Chafing against clothing norms was, of course, not quite the same thing as rebelling against the patriarchy, but the two issues frequently overlapped starting in the mid-1800s. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 McMahon was notorious for rebelling against the league’s strict uniform rules, and getting fined. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "The Bears at 100: Cheers and a Few Tears," 11 June 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

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

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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