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rebellion

[ri-bel-yuh n] /rɪˈbɛl yən/
noun
1.
open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler.
2.
resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.
3.
the act of rebelling.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English rebellioun < Old French < Latin rebelliōn- (stem of rebelliō), equivalent to rebell(āre) to rebel + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonrebellion, noun
prerebellion, adjective
semirebellion, noun
subrebellion, noun
Can be confused
rebellion, revolt, revolution.
Synonyms
1. mutiny, sedition. 2. insubordination, disobedience.
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  • It was one that turned her taking care of herself into an act of rebellion against the school.
  • The power elite in this country has already bunkered down, and expects food riots, shortages and general rebellion.
  • And his rebellion came at the precise moment that the old social models were also weakening.
  • Student rebellion against the charade has only narrowly been quelled.
  • Now, in a few generations, they're supposed to be genetically predisposed to rebellion.
  • But not without sundry twinges of impotent rebellion against the mild effrontery of this unaccountable scrivener.
  • Their nascent, tech-fired rebellion has triggered a government backlash and captured the world's attention.
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  • It's as broke as the state that funds it, and many of its faculty and students are in open rebellion.
British Dictionary definitions for rebellion

rebellion

/rɪˈbɛljən/
noun
1.
organized resistance or opposition to a government or other authority
2.
dissent from an accepted moral code or convention of behaviour, dress, etc
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin rebelliō revolt (of those conquered); see rebel
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Word Origin and History for rebellion
n.

"war waged against a government by some portion of its subjects," mid-14c., from Old French rebellion (14c.) and directly from Latin rebellionem (nominative rebellio) "rebellion, revolt; renewal of war," from rebellis (see rebel (adj.)).

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