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Rebel Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
  • someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
  • `johnny'' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `grayback'' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms
  • take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
  • break with established customs
  • used by northerners of Confederate soldiers; "the rebel yell"

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  • `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms ,
  • a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions) ,
  • someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

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Rebel Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A rebellion is when people refuse to obey orders and fight against authority. Those who do this are "rebels". They may be citizens of a country who take over the government by force because they do not trust the current system. Some rebels in history were slaves who fought back against their masters or against slavery in general. Leader of slave rebellions include Spartacus and Nat Turner.

An example would be the Zhou leaders in China who made the rulers of other Chinese states that they captured live with their own families in the Zhou capital, Anyang. However, they failed to stop rebellion this way because it only brought on groups of lords who might rebel under their control. The Zhou dynasty declined because other lords that were ruling parts of China rebelled.

Rebellion is a usual method of secession.



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'Rebel' example sentence in quotations


* The young always have the same problem- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. - George Chapman

* My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block. Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking. Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again. Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation. - Kahlil Gibran

* The priest persuades a humble people to endure their hard lot, a politician urges them to rebel against it, and a scientist thinks of a method that does away with the hard lot altogether. - Max Percy


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Rebel Sample Sentences in News


  • Tears, chants as rebel child soldiers are freed in South Sudan
    By Katy Migiro GUMURUK, South Sudan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The teenage rebel soldiers watched as their comrades handed over their assault rifles and stripped off their oversized khaki uniforms with the red, black and green South Sudan flag emblazoned on the right shoulder. Almost 150 boys, aged between 11 and 17, were demobilized in Gumuruk, eastern South Read more on this news related to 'Rebel'
  • Rebel Wilson: I'm "Just Fat" and "Bigger Girls Do Better in Comedy"
    Rebel Wilson spoke about her body image and her career. Credit: Don Arnold/WireImage Read more on this news related to 'Rebel'
  • Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos. Read more on this news related to 'Rebel'

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