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

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Its leaders, all of them old now, cling to some romantic memory of their rebellious past. Declan Leary, National Review, "Pride March and the Contradictions of the New Sexual Revolution," 2 July 2019 Thanks to these authoritarian-like fashion forecasts, the trend was met with rebellious cynicism. Marlen Komar, Vox, "The surprisingly controversial history of the midi-length skirt," 27 June 2019 Standing tight-lipped during the anthem is essentially a compromise, but the image continues to look rebellious. Jerry Brewer, chicagotribune.com, "Megan Rapinoe isn’t here to make you comfortable," 26 June 2019 In October, rebellious soldiers protested over pay and invaded Abiy's office, but the prime minister was able to defuse the situation. oregonlive.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 In October, rebellious soldiers protested over pay and invaded Abiy’s office, but the prime minister was able to defuse the situation. Elias Meseret, BostonGlobe.com, "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 At 15, Juliet is a confident and high-achieving, if rebellious, student. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible," 22 June 2019 Who’s to say Ofmatthew wasn’t served a similar fate during a previous, more rebellious period in her life? Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "What’s Actually Going On With Ofmatthew On Handmaid’s Tale?," 19 June 2019 Not everyone was happy about his trip; there was a protest outside of Buckingham Palace (plus a few rebellious signs and billboards) despite his claim otherwise. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Most Savage Tweets About Donald Trump's Day with the Royals During His U.K. State Visit," 3 June 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

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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