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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Turns out Serena Joy giving away baby Nichole at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale’s second season was not the end of her rebellious streak. David Canfield, EW.com, "The Handmaid's Tale stars break down Serena's shocking decision," 5 June 2019 However, the reaction to the raid that night was abnormally rebellious and became the catalyst for national protests. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "Google Celebrates 50 Years of LGBTQ Pride with 'Living Monument' to the Stonewall Riots," 4 June 2019 Through a relationship with Ariel, the reverend’s rebellious teenage daughter, healing begins via communication and dance. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Wilmette's high energy 'Footloose' production shares message of empowering teens," 12 July 2018 Seg-El is a brash young man who’s carrying on a secret relationship with Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell), a Kryptonian soldier who is also the rebellious daughter of the planet’s Primus, Alura Zod (Ann Ogbomo). David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "SyFy ‘Krypton’ isn’t faster than a speeding bullet," 16 Mar. 2018 The smiling girl in the black dress was replaced by a rebellious daughter acting out her issues in the public eye. Patti Davis, Town & Country, "Ronald Reagan's Daughter Patti Davis On the High Cost of Being a Political Daughter," 31 Oct. 2016 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

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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

Other Words from rebellious

rebelliously adverb
rebelliousness noun

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