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 Congo has received the highest number of refugees — about 50,000 since December, which includes about 10,000 that arrived on Wednesday when the rebel coalition staged attacks on the outskirts of Bangui, the U.N. agency said. Star Tribune, "Rebels kill 1 UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic," 15 Jan. 2021 An article on Saturday about Suriname’s vice president, Ronnie Brunswijk, transposed the name of a former rebel commander. New York Times, "Corrections: Jan. 12, 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 When the simmering conflict flared again, her father -- a commander in the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and based in Ethiopia -- hurried back to his homeland. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "'Lost Girl' brought to the US amid Sudan war connects with surviving family member after 30 years," 25 Dec. 2020 But rebel lawmakers in both Blue and White and Likud forced a new election early Tuesday by rejecting a bill that would have briefly extended the budget deadline to give Netanyahu and Gantz more time to try to reach a compromise. Time, "Netanyahu’s Coalition Government Collapses After Budget Bill Failure – Triggering Israel’s 4th Election in 2 Years," 23 Dec. 2020 But rebel lawmakers in both Blue and White and Likud forced a new election early Tuesday by rejecting a bill that would have briefly extended the budget deadline to give Netanyahu and Gantz more time to try to reach a compromise. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Israel Heads to Fourth Vote in Two Years Over Budget Crisis," 22 Dec. 2020 It is not lost on me that rebel white folks remain the reason for such a sickly America. Ida Harris, Essence, "I'm Aiight, I Think," 21 Dec. 2020 Opposition leaders arrested Among those presidential candidates barred from running were the former president Laurent Gbagbo, recently acquitted of war crimes and Guillaume Soro, the ex-rebel leader who once helped oust Gbagbo from office by force. Scott Mclean And Florence Davey-attlee, CNN, "His rivals have been arrested or exiled, but Ivorian President insists: 'They're not democrats'," 14 Dec. 2020 Faced with the establishment of a rebel state, the Qing attempted to crush it. George Brice/alamy/aci, History Magazine, "This religious revolt nearly toppled China's last imperial dynasty," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most prominent among them is the incumbent, Mr. Museveni, a former rebel who came to power in January 1986 and has since ruled the country with an iron grip. New York Times, "Ugandans Voted Today. Will Their President of 35 Years Win Again?," 14 Jan. 2021 In his statement on Monday, Pompeo said the decision was based in part on Cuba’s refusal to extradite members of a Colombian rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or the ELN. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trump administration puts Cuba back on list of state sponsors of terror," 11 Jan. 2021 Internal and external dissatisfaction with Kabila gradually grew until 1998, when a new rebel group -- again backed by Rwanda and Uganda -- formed and a second conflict broke out. Sandrine Amiel And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "France opens investigations into former DR Congo rebel leader after Paris arrest," 5 Jan. 2021 Partly this is due to space limitations, but it’s also because Mr. Prochnik is primarily drawn to the youthful rebel and idealist in Heine. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "‘Heinrich Heine’ Review: Song of the Outsider," 18 Dec. 2020 The story of the attack explores a rebel’s extreme measures and last resort. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what’s screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2021," 15 Dec. 2020 The story of the attack explores a rebel's extreme measures and last resort. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Sundance Film Festival announces lineup for 2021 digital fest, including starry directorial debuts," 15 Dec. 2020 In Syria, where Putin ally Bashar al-Assad wrested back control of most of the country thanks to Russian and Iranian support, Turkey has blocked government efforts to retake the key rebel bastion of Idlib. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "Can Erdogan Reconcile With the West? Putin’s Betting Against It," 12 Dec. 2020 For the next three years, the aged rebel and his five sons led a revolt against Antiochus, Hellenism and religious persecution. Susan Schaefer, Star Tribune, "Hanukkah is a festival of freedom," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of her quilts deliberately rebel against the patterns and orderly structures that dominate math. Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe’: How one Black quilter channels social justice into her work," 23 Dec. 2020 The offensive started after a 72-hour ultimatum issued by Ahmed to rebel leaders to lay down arms, the Washington Post reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Ethiopian armed forces launch assault on rebel region, officials say," 29 Nov. 2020 The package balanced his need to prevent another upsurge in the virus with a desire to avoid antagonizing 70 of his Conservative backbench lawmakers who have threatened to rebel over lockdown measures. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Johnson Basks in a Rare Burst of Good U.K. News," 23 Nov. 2020 The problem for the British prime minister is that senior members of his Conservative Party have threatened to rebel if the government seeks to extend the lockdown. Stuart Biggs, Bloomberg.com, "Wales Lockdown Warning Suggests Looming Dilemma for Johnson," 8 Nov. 2020 Nam, meanwhile, gently pokes fun at K-pop conventions and calms a mutinous cast that threatens to rebel against his nonsensical rules. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Can’t get enough K-pop? Check out these 6 reality shows to feed your fandom," 28 Oct. 2020 Students trained to accept digital surveillance may well be less likely to rebel against spyware deployed by their bosses at work or by abusive partners. Clive Thompson, Wired, "What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids," 20 Oct. 2020 Could rebel teachers sneak more intriguing lessons on history and politics into the English curriculum? Washington Post, "School reading classes still in a slump without more social studies," 11 Oct. 2020 But the film deftly focuses on how gender can be more limiting for Black girls like Kai who rebel against more the conservative notions of femininity upon which the Miss Juneteenth competition prides itself. Salamishah Tillet, New York Times, "What the ‘Cuties’ Critics Can’t See: The Complexities of Black Girlhood," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rebel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebel. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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