[n., adj. reb-uhl; v. ri-bel]
a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
rebellious; defiant.
of or pertaining to rebels.
verb (used without object), rebel, rebelled, rebelling.
to reject, resist, or rise in arms against one's government or ruler.
to resist or rise against some authority, control, or tradition.
to show or feel utter repugnance: His very soul rebelled at spanking the child.

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Old French rebelle < Latin rebellis renewing a war, equivalent to re- re- + bell(um) war + -is adj. suffix; (v.) Middle English rebellen (< Old French rebeller) < Latin rebellāre; (noun) Middle English rebel, derivative of the adj.

rebellike, adjective
nonrebel, noun, adjective
prorebel, adjective
semirebel, noun

1. insurrectionist, mutineer, traitor. 1, 3. insurgent. 3. mutinous. 5. revolt, mutiny. Unabridged
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vb (often foll by against) , -bels, -belling, -belled
1.  to resist or rise up against a government or other authority, esp by force of arms
2.  to dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
3.  to show repugnance (towards)
4.  a.  a person who rebels
 b.  (as modifier): a rebel soldier; a rebel leader
5.  a person who dissents from some accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
[C13: from Old French rebelle, from Latin rebellis insurgent, from re- + bellum war]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. rebelle (12c.), from L. rebellis "insurgent, rebellious," from rebellare "to rebel, wage war against," from re- "opposite, against," or perhaps "again" + bellare "wage war," from bellum "war." The noun is attested from c.1400. Meaning "supporter of the American cause in the War of
Independence" is from 1775; sense of "supporter of the Southern cause in the American Civil War" is attested from April 15, 1861.
"The Southern troops, when charging or to express their delight, always yell in a manner peculiar to themselves. ... The Confederate officers declare that the rebel yell has a particular merit, and always produces a salutary and useful effect upon their adversaries. A corps is sometimes spoken of as a 'good yelling regiment.' " [A.J.L. Fremantle, "Three Months in the Southern States," 1863]
The verb (late 14c.) is from O.Fr. rebeller, from L. rebellare. Related: Rebellion (mid-14c.).
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