American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To refuse allegiance to and oppose by force an established government or ruling authority.
- v. To resist or defy an authority or a generally accepted convention.
- v. To feel or express strong unwillingness or repugnance: She rebelled at the unwelcome suggestion.
- n. One who rebels or is in rebellion: "He is the perfect recruit for fascist movements: a rebel not a revolutionary, contemptuous yet envious of the rich and involved with them” ( Stanley Hoffman).
- n. A Confederate soldier.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resisting authority or law; rebellious.
- Of a rebellious nature or character; characteristic of a rebel.
- n. A person who makes war upon the government of his country from political motives; one of a body of persons organized for a change of government or of laws by force of arms, or by open defiance.
- n. Hence One who or that which resists authority or law; one who refuses obedience to a superior, or who revolts against some controlling power or principle.
- n. Synonyms Traitor, etc. See insurgent, n.
- To make war against one's government, or against anything deemed oppressive, by arms or other means; revolt by active resistance or repulsion.
- n. A person who resists an established authority, often violently.
- v. intransitive To resist or become defiant toward an authority.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious.
- n. One who rebels.
- v. To renounce, and resist by force, the authority of the ruler or government to which one owes obedience. See rebellion.
- v. To be disobedient to authority; to assume a hostile or insubordinate attitude; to revolt.
- n. a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
- v. break with established customs
- n. someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
- n. `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
- v. take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
- From Old French rebeller, from Latin rebellō ("I wage war again, fight back"), from re- ("again, back") + bellō ("I wage war"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rebellen, from Old French rebeller, from Latin rebellāre : re-, re- + bellāre, to make war (from bellum, war). N., Middle English, rebellious, rebel, from Old French rebelle, from Latin rebellis, from rebellāre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Your Lordships will find that he never is a rebel to one party without being a tyrant to some others; that _rebel_ and _tyrant_ are correlative terms, when applied to him, and that they constantly go together.”
“The Leinster king, however, could neither be frightened nor persuaded into seeing matters in that light, and, probably, thought the term rebel would be more appropriately applied to those who resisted the native rulers of the country.”
“Unlike many, I don't find the term "rebel" pejorative; George Washington was a rebel.”
“The term rebel may not now appear in all its train of horrid consequences.”
“Hanging the word "rebel" onto someone for me is like a neon flower to a buzzing bumble bee For the most part...though we won't go into those particulars now.”
“In Washington, Hoyos said that roughly 1,500 rebels are hiding out in Venezuela and he showed fellow diplomats numerous aerial photographs of what he identified as rebel camps on Venezuelan territory.”
“No, the best way to rebel is to vote for someone who is a complete and utter loon.”
“And the students, while we were doing what they called a rebel yell, we were the Rebels, the North High Rebels.”
“Lexington, had the poorest possible opinion of those on what he called the rebel side.”
“The well-nourished body of the rebel is the sign of his prosperity. collops -- masses of fat.”
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