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 On the night he was released, hundreds of rebellious and exultant JNU students met in the campus and chanted the azadi slogan, which was telecast live by Indian media. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Once “azadi” got students arrested—now all Indians are raising the slogan," 19 Dec. 2019 The Jeep Cherokee quickly gave rise to that great delicious contradiction, the luxury SUV — rough-’n’-ready, rustic, rebellious, utilitarian, eminently capable, and swathed in fine Corinthian leather. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The High and Mighty SUV," 24 Oct. 2019 Teenagers are still teenagers — impulsive, rebellious, and with notoriously bad judgment. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Girls today are seemingly the fiercest America has ever produced. Why can’t we protect them?," 16 Aug. 2019 One surprising example of the prevalence of federal largesse is Apple, the ubiquitous poster-child of high design, rebellious entrepreneurial spirit, and individual genius. Wired, "Industry Must Team up With Government to Keep America on Top," 10 Dec. 2019 Guided by a rebellious and charismatic coach, British ski jumper Michael ``Eddie’’ Edwards trains for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 In Christian Dior’s place was his colorful and rebellious sister, Catherine Dior, known simply as Miss Dior. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dior celebrates nature to kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2019 The arduous, rebellious, absurdist spectacle was the largest group performance orchestrated by Mr. Pope. New York Times, "Pope.L’s Group Crawl: Protest, Pathos, Provocation," 22 Sep. 2019 Maisie plays the rebellious and spirited Arya, a master at swordplay, while Sophie’s Sansa is quietly powerful and queenly. Allure, "See How Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner's Beauty Looks Have Evolved Throughout the Years," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of rebellious

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

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18 Jan 2020

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“Rebellious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebelliousness. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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