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[ri-bel-yuh s] /rɪˈbɛl yəs/
defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
(of things) resisting treatment; refractory.
Origin of rebellious
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin rebelliōsus, equivalent to Latin rebelli(ō) rebellion + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
half-rebellious, adjective
half-rebelliously, adverb
half-rebelliousness, noun
nonrebellious, adjective
nonrebelliously, adverb
nonrebelliousness, noun
quasi-rebellious, adjective
quasi-rebelliously, adverb
semirebellious, adjective
semirebelliously, adverb
semirebelliousness, noun
unrebellious, adjective
unrebelliously, adverb
unrebelliousness, noun
1. defiant, insurgent, mutinous, seditious, rebel, refractory, disobedient, contumacious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rebellious
  • Let him be dangerous-he will soon grow out of this rebellious stage with a little nurturing.
  • It was her rebellious nature that's made her such an icon.
  • Speed of light in a vacuum is still at c, no matter what those rebellious neutrinos do.
  • Its purpose is to maintain tight control over a potentially rebellious colony, and to eliminate all significant opposition.
  • Nearby, mud-brick battlements hide the encampments of rebellious tribal sheikhs, some with their own artillery pieces.
  • We will always need postmodernists or their rebellious equivalents.
  • But the troops have become troublesome, even rebellious, of late.
  • Their high-handed, sometimes violent behaviour stokes rebellious feelings.
  • It lacks, for instance, a concise outline of how the movement began and how it turned rebellious.
  • Adolescents who start smoking do so partly because of the rebellious aura attached to it.
British Dictionary definitions for rebellious


showing a tendency towards rebellion
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
Derived Forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rebellious

early 15c., from Latin rebellis (see rebel (adj.)) + -ous. Related: Rebelliously; rebelliousness.

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