rebellious

adjective

re·​bel·​lious ri-ˈbel-yəs How to pronounce rebellious (audio)
1
a
: 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
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 Cinderella and the now-King Charming's perfectionist teen daughter Chloe (Malia Baker) must team up with the Queen of Hearts' (Rita Ora) rebellious daughter Red (Kylie Cantrall) for a time-hopping adventure to save their kingdoms. Ew Staff, EW.com, 7 June 2024 To top it all off, the Moon enables rebellious Uranus, inviting more abrupt sudden upsets and inciting emotional chaos. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 10 Apr. 2024 But The Big Cigar keeps turning away from the larger Huey Newton legend to focus on this one small slice of it, and on Bert Schneider’s role as the rebellious producer who helped usher in the New Hollywood era through films like Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, and The Last Picture Show. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024 For a hot minute, Furiosa has a love interest, Tom Burke’s rebellious daredevil Praetorian Jack. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rebellious 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Rebellious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebellious. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rebellious

adjective
re·​bel·​lious ri-ˈbel-yəs How to pronounce rebellious (audio)
1
: taking part in rebellion
2
: tending to fight against or disobey authority
rebelliously adverb
rebelliousness noun

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