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 Throughout my teenage years, my parents would protectively sleep by the doors, trying to prevent a rebellious, adventurous daughter from sneaking out at night. Lee Ann Kim Community Voices Contributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In 2020, sad thoughts about mortality turned into bonding with my mother over her favorite Korean dishes," 24 Dec. 2020 Not to say there isn’t a rebellious streak in Agatha Miller, who throws over her staid fiancé, Reggie Lucy, to marry dashing Archibald Christie in 1914. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Cozy up your holiday reading with homages to Dame Agatha and detective Holmes," 23 Dec. 2020 This will require intellectual independence, respectful debate, and the same rebellious streak that helped establish Enlightenment values centuries ago. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine," 15 Dec. 2020 Goldsmith said that seeing her mother's struggle, along with the lingering trauma of the police raid, brought out a rebellious streak that led her to leave home for her father's and drop out of school. NBC News, "Decades after her mom's pot conviction, a daughter fights for marijuana reparations in N.J.," 12 Dec. 2020 In 2018, the Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela to discuss their plans to overthrow Maduro. Eric Schmitt, Star Tribune, "Navy warship's secret mission off West Africa aims to help punish Venezuela," 22 Dec. 2020 In the 1960s and ’70s, Yves Saint Laurent gave us the subversive Le Smoking tuxedo, this mod Mondrian dress and legions of luxuriously rebellious bohemian looks. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "From Jackie O to Rihanna, the Ultimate Guide to Classic Style," 21 Dec. 2020 Although President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became effective in 1863, Texas remained rebellious following the end of the Civil War. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward may shut down a day each year in remembrance of slavery’s end. Here’s when.," 9 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the rebellious Maan Kapoor, played by Ishaan Khatter, begins an affair with an older Muslim woman. NBC News, "Mira Nair on how 'A Suitable Boy' love story transcends class, culture in post-independence India," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rebellious

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

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“Rebellious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebellious. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for rebellious

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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