from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Open, armed, and organized resistance to a constituted government.
- n. An act or a show of defiance toward an authority or established convention.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Armed resistance to an established government or ruler.
- n. Defiance of authority or control; the act of rebeling.
- n. An organized, forceful subversion of the law of the land in an attempt to replace it with another form of government.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of rebelling; open and avowed renunciation of the authority of the government to which one owes obedience, and resistance to its officers and laws, either by levying war, or by aiding others to do so; an organized uprising of subjects for the purpose of coercing or overthrowing their lawful ruler or government by force; revolt; insurrection.
- n. Open resistance to, or defiance of, lawful authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. War waged against a government by some part of its subjects; armed opposition to a government by a party of citizens, for the purpose of changing its composition, constitution, or laws; insurrectionary or revolutionary war.
- n. The act of rebelling or taking part in a rebellious movement; open or armed defiance to one's government; the action of a rebel.
- n. Hence Revolt against or defiance of authority in general; resistance to a higher power or to an obligatory mandate; open disobedience or insubordination; determination not to submit.
- n. Synonyms Sedition, Revolt. etc. See insurrection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. refusal to accept some authority or code or convention
- n. organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rebelliō, rebelliōn-, from rebellāre, to rebel; see rebel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)