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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John McCain also might have inherited his mother's sass, wit and rebellious streak. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "John McCain's 'spunky' 106-year-old mother to attend his services," 30 Aug. 2018 The former punk rocker employed an unconventional approach to his 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz with a rebellious strategy that rejected pollsters, political consultants and scripted speeches. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "O’Rourke’s casual style to be tested by national campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 My Brothers Taught Me, about a rebellious Lakota teenager trying to decide whether to leave his family and the reservation for L.A.—was a striking debut, selected for both Sundance and Cannes. John Powers, Vogue, "How Chloé Zhao Reinvented the Western," 22 Mar. 2018 Pashinyan, of the opposition Civil Contract party, cut a rebellious figure during the protests. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Armenia in political turmoil after protest leader's bid for power is blocked," 2 May 2018 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

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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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