rebellion

noun
re·​bel·​lion | \ ri-ˈbel-yən How to pronounce rebellion (audio) \

Definition of rebellion

1 : opposition to one in authority or dominance
2a : open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established government
b : an instance of such defiance or resistance

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rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful. open rebellion against the officers revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government). a political revolution that toppled the monarchy uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion. quickly put down the uprising revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds. a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders an insurrection of oppressed laborers mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority. a mutiny led by the ship's cook

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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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Johnson’s other urgent problem is a raging rebellion from members of his own party, whose defection on Tuesday allowed the opposition to bring the Brexit delay legislation to the floor on Wednesday. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson faces another possible rebellion as Parliament debates Brexit delay," 4 Sep. 2019 In Okororie’s house, the iwa oji was a small rebellion. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter There is little open rebellion. The Economist, "A struggle for power in Sudan could lead to civil war," 14 June 2019 Thanks so much @mudcreekranch and @windrosefarm This magic act is the same wild rebellion that Biancaniello has performed every week at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for years. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "How to Mix the Bounty of Nature into the Wildest Cocktails Ever," 22 Jan. 2018 Then again, this is France; rebellion and fashion have always gone hand in glove. Jeffrey Westbrook. Styled By Will Kahn, Town & Country, "Bourgeouis? Moi? This Season Is Fashion's Rich Girl Revenge," 22 Aug. 2019 Schroeder had some great ideas about introducing your kids to irreverent comics who will fuel a kid’s need for rebellion without stoking the fires of hate. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "White supremacists are recruiting white teens online. Parents must stop them.," 18 Aug. 2019 Schroeder had some great ideas about introducing your children to irreverent comics who will fuel a kid’s need for rebellion without stoking the fires of hate. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "White supremacists are recruiting white teens online. Parents must stop them.," 15 Aug. 2019 Junqueras himself faces the largest possible sentence of 25 years for rebellion. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spain’s courts put to test by trial of Catalan separatists," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of rebellion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of rebellion was in the 14th century

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rebellion

noun
How to pronounce rebellion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rebellion

: 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

noun
re·​bel·​lion | \ ri-ˈbel-yən How to pronounce rebellion (audio) \

Kids Definition of rebellion

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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