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rebellious

[ri-bel-yuh s] /rɪˈbɛl yəs/
adjective
1.
defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of rebels or rebellion.
3.
(of things) resisting treatment; refractory.
Origin of rebellious
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. defiant, insurgent, mutinous, seditious, rebel, refractory, disobedient, contumacious.
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Examples from the Web for rebellious
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  • I had a wild feeling altogether I wanted my love, rebellious, unrelenting, anyhow!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • At length my rebellious heart is subdued by reason and by grace.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Her eyes glittered up at him, defiant, rebellious, fiercely mocking.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • The presentation of "The rebellious Princess" was still four weeks distant.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • He is said to have prayed for the success of the Emperor's rebellious son.

British Dictionary definitions for rebellious

rebellious

/rɪˈbɛljəs/
adjective
1.
showing a tendency towards rebellion
2.
(of a problem, etc) difficult to overcome; refractory
Derived Forms
rebelliously, adverb
rebelliousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rebellious
adj.

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

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