rebellious

adjective
re·​bel·​lious | \ri-ˈbel-yəs \

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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Someone with this zodiac sign will surely enjoy watching the antics that a rebellious young boy named Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) gets himself into. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 The company hit the scene in the ’90s as a rebellious response to the era’s tame pinks and beiges. Claire Beaudreault, SELF, "As a Woman in Recovery, the Term ‘Beauty Junkie’ Bothers Me," 30 July 2018 The Golden Age master is known for his innovative use of light and rebellious compositions. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Rembrandt’s Night Watch to get restoration in Amsterdam," 16 Oct. 2018 One specific charge coming from this anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed claiming to be a rebellious senior member of the administration. Fox News, "Larry Kudlow on where the Trump economy is headed," 8 Sep. 2018 By his own account John was a rebellious young man. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 Their history is being repeated in miniature by Camille’s young half sister, Amma (a captivating Eliza Scanlen), who is demure (like Adora) at home but wild and rebellious (like Camille) with her friends. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘Sharp Objects,’ a Mesmerizing Southern Thriller, Cuts Slow but Deep," 5 July 2018 The Hulu drama earned 20 nominations for its second season, which concluded this week with a finale that set the stage for a more rebellious third season. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: A Look at All the Nominations 'Handmaid's Tale' Received," 12 July 2018 We’re being pushed by this aspect’s rebellious, stubborn nature and penchant for radical change. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Lunar Eclipse 2018: What You Need to Know," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of rebellious

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

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The first known use of rebellious was in the 15th century

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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 \

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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