Definition of rebellion
1 : opposition to one in authority or dominance
2a : open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established governmentb : an instance of such defiance or resistance
Examples of rebellion in a sentence
The king's army suppressed the rebellion.
The unfair tax laws sparked a rebellion.
The peasants rose in rebellion.
She's the head of a rebellion against the leaders of the party.
Recent election losses have led to open rebellion among some party members, who are calling for a complete change of leadership.
Did You Know?
Plenty of teenagers rebel against their parents in all kinds of ways. But a rebellion usually involves a group. Armed rebellions are usually put down by a country's armed forces, or at least kept from expanding beyond a small area. The American War of Independence was first viewed by the British as a minor rebellion that would soon run its course, but this particular rebellion led to a full-fledged revolution--that is, the overthrow of a government. Rebellion, armed or otherwise, has often alerted those in power that those they control are very unhappy.
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Synonym Discussion of rebellion
REBELLION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rebellion for English Language Learners
: an effort by many people to change the government or leader of a country by the use of protest or violence
: open opposition toward a person or group in authority
: refusal to obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.
REBELLION Defined for Kids
Definition of rebellion for Students
1 : open opposition to authority The strict rules caused rebellion in their class.
2 : an open fight by citizens against their government
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