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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 back against authority. It may happen when the citizens of a country take over the government by force because they do not trust the current system. Also, throughout history, there have been some slave rebellions when slaves fought back against their masters and against the slave system in general. Some slaves who have led 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.



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* 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


  • Ukraine rebel vote drives further wedge between Russia and West
    Pro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of east Ukraine are set to hold leadership polls on Sunday that Moscow has backed despite condemnation from Kiev and the West. While insurgent leaders hope the first elections in their "republics" will show they have popular support, Ukraine and the West fear the ballot is being staged to drag the Russian-speak Read more on this news related to 'Rebel'
  • Yemen rebels set 10-day deadline for new government
    A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen warned President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Friday to form a new government within 10 days or a "national salvation council" would take its place. The Ansarullah rebels, also known as Huthis, took advantage of the lack of stability since president Ali Abdullah Saleh's 2011 overthrow to seize the capital Sanaa on September Read more on this news related to 'Rebel'
  • Ukraine tensions spike as Russia backs rebel vote
    Moscow and Kiev are set to crunch hold talks over a gas dispute Wednesday, a day after Russia ratcheted up tensions by saying it will recognise separatist polls in east Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Izvestia newspaper on Tuesday that the rebel elections, due to take place this weekend, should "go ahead as agreed" and Russia wil Read more on this news related to 'Rebel'

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