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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Westwood and Tisci both have an affinity for punk, and are known to infuse that rebellious spirit into their designs. Vogue, "Miley Cyrus and Ezra Miller Join Riccardo Tisci to Celebrate Burberry’s Collaboration With Vivienne Westwood," 9 Dec. 2018 By his own account, John was a rebellious young man. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Read Barack Obama’s eulogy for Sen. John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 By his own account, John was a rebellious young man. WSJ, "Former President Barack Obama’s Remarks at McCain Memorial," 1 Sep. 2018 The setting for most of the film is a barren patch of sand and river bottom in the northeast of France, where Jeannette tends a flock of sheep for her father while undergoing a raging, rebellious crisis of the spirit. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Before she was Joan of Arc," 9 May 2018 The stereotype of the moody, rebellious, reckless teenager is deeply ingrained in American culture. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "Don’t Think the Worst About Your Teenager," 30 Jan. 2019 If this was an intentional nod to Dade County's rebellious past, this quarter is surely the only pro-secession coin every issued by the United States. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Part of the U.S. Was a Micronation for 85 Years," 2 July 2018 There have been several public occasions, however, when the Duchess of Cambridge has opted to go bare-legged—further proving that Meghan deciding not to wear tights is really not that rebellious of a royal move after all. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "No, Meghan Markle Is Not "Required" to Wear Tights as a Royal," 30 Aug. 2018 That seemed to be the intent of Mr. Trump’s broadside on Ms. Merkel, who has faced a mutiny from her rebellious interior minister, Horst Seehofer, who wants Germany to tighten its borders drastically. New York Times, "As Europe’s Liberal Order Splinters, Trump Wields an Ax," 18 June 2018

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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

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rebelliously adverb
rebelliousness noun

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