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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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 Ortega's government has ultimately wrested back control of this campus - as well as other rebellious cities across Nicaragua - but the cost to his government could be steep. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Swept up in the rebellious fervor of the day, the Kings College student became an outspoken critic of England, that tiny nation across the sea that regulated the price of tea in the colonies. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "Alexander Hamilton, immigrant and statesman, dies at 47 — or 49," 12 July 2018 June has felt the brunt of Gilead’s extreme sexism as the rebellious handmaid of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Still Has A White Female Privilege Problem," 11 July 2018 Learn more about the songwriters below: Gloria Trevi (Mexico) Besides having a rebellious and over-the-top personality onstage, Gloria Trevi is also known as a songwriter and philanthropist. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Gloria Trevi & Chucho Valdes Among 2018 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Honorees," 11 July 2018 First, to Dallas, where his once-rebellious father had gone as a young man. John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,’ by Lillian Faderman," 22 May 2018 The greater their number, the greater the chances of political, rebellious and military clout. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "The Roots of Anti-Semitism," 10 May 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 \

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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