rebellious

adjective
re·​bel·​lious | \ ri-ˈbel-yəs How to pronounce rebellious (audio) \

Definition of rebellious

1a : given to or engaged in rebellion rebellious troops
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion a rebellious speech
2 : resisting treatment or management : refractory

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Other Words from rebellious

rebelliously adverb
rebelliousness noun

Examples of rebellious in a Sentence

the rebellious troops fought a pitched battle with divisions still loyal to the government expected her son to grow a little more rebellious as he got older, but she knew he understood when to kick and when to obey
Recent Examples on the Web Burns struggles to both address and ignore the chips on country’s shoulders, the bitterness that stoked the genre’s outlier creativity and inspired its rebellious streak. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ is full of high praise and heartbreak, but short on analysis," 12 Sep. 2019 The family is confused by her disappearance as Victoria did not seem rebellious, Arkadiusz Grabowski said. NBC News, "16-year-old New York girl who flew to London is missing," 28 Aug. 2019 Through the accounts of the rebellious Priscilla and others, Sesay takes us on their journey into the forest, to the giant tamarind tree that served for months as an imperfect shelter from the elements. Julia M. Klein, BostonGlobe.com, "A new book goes inside Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls," 8 July 2019 On screen, Weisz has made a career of playing complicated women: fierce, independent-minded characters who tend to have a rebellious streak. Amy Kaufman, latimes.com, "Rachel Weisz takes matters in her own hands in her film 'Disobedience'," 2 May 2018 In her show, Cho, who was 25 at the time, played a version of herself as the rebellious daughter of a traditional Korean family based in San Francisco. New York Times, "The Comedians Challenging Stereotypes About Asian-American Masculinity," 26 Aug. 2019 Johnson sent British lawmakers home until Oct. 14, a drastic move that gives him a respite from rebellious lawmakers determined to thwart his Brexit plan. Washington Post, "Noise but no breakthrough as Johnson, Juncker talk Brexit," 18 Sep. 2019 For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 This time, however, his avant-garde statement is to make a film that, in its eccentric way, stands squarely in opposition to the rebellious zeitgeist of Hong Kong today. The Economist, "A counter-revolutionary love story from Hong Kong," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rebellious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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rebellious

adjective
How to pronounce rebellious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rebellious

: fighting against a government
: refusing to obey rules or authority or to accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc. : having or showing a tendency to rebel

rebellious

adjective
re·​bel·​lious | \ ri-ˈbel-yəs How to pronounce rebellious (audio) \

Kids Definition of rebellious

1 : taking part in rebellion rebellious troops
2 : fighting against or refusing to obey authority a rebellious teenager

Other Words from rebellious

rebelliously adverb
rebelliousness noun

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