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 Both sides started to retreat from the frontlines in Petrivske at midday on Saturday, according to Ukraine military spokesman Andrei Andreev and the rebel news agency DAN. Fox News, "Ukrainian forces, Russian-backed separatists begin pullback in war-torn Donbass," 10 Nov. 2019 The Islamic State emerged as the most effective fighting force on the rebel side, capturing the eastern city of Raqqa and challenging other rebel groups for dominance across a swath of villages along the Euphrates River. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dead at 48," 27 Oct. 2019 That Edgewater example is a good one, as both the factory's leader and the rebel boss a half-mile down the road have their own mix of noble ideals, cognitive dissonance, and off-kilter ickiness. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Outer Worlds review: Fall deeply into the best Fallout-like game in years," 22 Oct. 2019 The transitional authorities have set a six-month deadline for making peace with the rebel groups. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thousands protest in Sudan, call to disband ex-ruling party," 21 Oct. 2019 The Second Liberian Civil War — between two rebel groups and government forces organized by President Charles Taylor — broke out in 1999. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Towson RB Yeedee Thaenrat brings positive perspective after leaving war-torn Liberia: ‘I wish I had 20 of him’," 9 Oct. 2019 Other Spaniards have argued the transfer would open old wounds from the bloody 1936-39 war between supporters of the Republican government and rebel military Nationalists led by Franco. BostonGlobe.com, "MADRID — The Spanish Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the country’s caretaker government can exhume Francisco Franco’s remains from a gigantic mausoleum the military dictator had built outside Madrid, a decision that could settle a decades-old controversy.," 25 Sep. 2019 The Eberle brothers had dynamite for blowing up railroad bridges, and strychnine to poison the food and water that rebel wives would offer to investigating lawmen. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 Women have been active participants in 60 percent of armed rebel groups over the past several decades. Jamille Bigio And Rachel Vogelstein, Twin Cities, "Bigio, Vogelstein: Understanding role of women is vital in fight against terrorism," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mozambique recently signed a peace accord with longtime rebels, and the country is still recovering from the cyclone earlier this year that killed over 1,000 people. Joseph Hellweg, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s Catholic Church faces competition and a troubled legacy even as it grows," 12 Sep. 2019 Colombian authorities estimate as many as 1,000 ELN rebels — or around 40 percent of that rebel group's fighting force — operate from Venezuela. Fox News, "Venezuela starts military exercises at Colombia border, US promises Bogota 'full support'," 11 Sep. 2019 The Syrians who took part in the uprising—as rebels, activists and the like—realise this. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 But lawmakers struck back on Tuesday, aided by the Tory rebels, by wresting control of the Brexit agenda in a parliamentary vote. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Fighting Back Tears, Winston Churchill’s Grandson Exits Politics and Chides Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 The rebels, many of whom have been among the party's lions for decades, are responding with acerbic commentary on TV, social media and the newspapers. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "UK Parliament moves toward confrontation over Brexit," 3 Sep. 2019 So despite the tumultuous events of the past week and the success (for now) of the rebels, the odds for Hong Kong don’t look good. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Hong Kong’s Flickering Hopes for Freedom," 21 June 2019 The rebel group has launched missile and drone attacks into Saudi territory before, but never anything on that scale, or against such vital targets, or so deep into the kingdom, some 500 miles from Yemeni territory. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. It also said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility.," 17 Sep. 2019 Now the Houthis, a Shia rebel group from the north of Yemen that is backed by Iran, have apparently succeeded in striking a humiliating blow against the Saudis and their Western backers. The Economist, "Drone attacks cut Saudi Arabia’s oil output by half," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Your son is rebelling in a way that looks, and feels, like rejection. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: All mom wants for her birthday is a phone call, and even that seems too hard for son," 28 Aug. 2019 Your son is rebelling in a way that looks, and feels, like rejection. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Mom’s hurt when son ignores her," 28 Aug. 2019 Your son is rebelling in a way that looks, and feels, like rejection. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I told a lie, and now I could lose my job and my home," 28 Aug. 2019 Those in forgotten red states may eventually rebel at the federal hammer wielded by the more populous dark blue coastal regions. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Something to cry about: The rise of the surveillance state after 9/11," 12 Sep. 2019 Inside Rome, the Spoleto faction loyal to Lambert rebelled and imprisoned Pope Formosus in the Castel Sant’Angelo. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 The Moors rebelled, culminating in a fierce 1568 battle. Longreads, "An Ocean Away From the Sanctuary of Manhattan, Signs of Peaceful Coexistence," 29 July 2019 It's long been part of the American tradition to believe in competition, to believe in competitive markets, and Americans have always rebelled against concentrated power. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "Tim Wu Explains Why He Thinks Facebook Should Be Broken Up," 5 July 2019 Now just days after the new National Guard began to be officially deployed across the country as the centerpiece of Mr. López Obrador’s security plan, police officers have rebelled. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "Mexico’s Federal Police Rebel Against New Security Plan," 4 July 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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The first known use of rebel was in the 14th century

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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
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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