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 Emma Stone plays Cruella as a young fashion designer with a rebellious streak that, since the film’s rated PG-13, presumably does not extend to dog slaughter. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, "What to Watch on Disney+: New ‘Star Wars,’ Classic X-Men Films and Emma Stone’s ‘Cruella’," 2 May 2021 Playing a rebellious teen who disapproves of her parents’ lifestyle, Sarah eventually leaves the church and strikes up a turbulent relationship with an older man. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "A Look Back at Amanda Seyfried’s Most Memorable Performances, From Mean Girls to Mank," 9 Apr. 2021 Parents in New Jersey with a rebellious teen may send her here. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Inside Utah’s troubled teen industry: How it started, why kids are sent here and what happens to them," 30 Aug. 2020 The rebellious extrovert versus the sensible introvert. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Elizabeth & Margaret’ Review: Royal Salt & Pepper," 25 Mar. 2021 There’s the rebellious kid, the anti-authoritarian who knows he’s got talent and vision to spare, and is ready — eager, even — to step to anybody who wants to hold him back. David Fear, Rolling Stone, "Eddie Huang’s ‘Boogie’ Wonderland," 24 Mar. 2021 Among certain types—the rebellious, the avant-garde, hipsters, Oscar Wilde—slouching is cooler than erectitude. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Is the Pandemic Breaking Our Backs?," 22 Mar. 2021 Videos flooded social media during that time as rebellious - but largely nonviolent - crowds refused to disperse. BostonGlobe.com, "Miami sets earlier curfew after spring break crowds, fights," 21 Mar. 2021 Libertie, the rebellious heroine of Kaitlyn Greenidge’s new novel, comes from an extraordinary family, but longs to be ordinary. New York Times, "Excellence Runs in the Family. Her Novel’s Heroine Wants Something Else.," 21 Mar. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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