What does Rebel mean?

Definitions for Rebel
ˈrɛb əl; rɪˈbɛlRebel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Rebel, Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, greybacknoun

    `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms

  2. insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter, rebelnoun

    a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)

  3. maverick, rebelverb

    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

  4. rebel, arise, rise, rise upverb

    take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

  5. rebel, renegadeverb

    break with established customs


  1. Rebelnoun

    a Confederate soldier

  2. Etymology: From rebeller, from rebello, from re- + bello.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REBELnoun

    One who opposes lawful authority.

    Etymology: rebelle, Fr. rebellis, Lat.

    The merciless Macdonel
    Worthy to be a rebel; for to that
    The multiplying villanies of nature
    Do swarm upon him. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The rebels there are up,
    And put the Englishmen unto the sword. William Shakespeare.

    Shall man from nature’s sanction stray,
    A rebel to her rightful sway. Elijah Fenton.

  2. To Rebelverb

    To rise in opposition against lawful authority.

    Etymology: rebello, Lat.

    Boys, immature in knowledge,
    Pawn their experience to their present pleasure,
    And so rebel to judgment. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    If they perceive dissention in our looks,
    How will their grudging stomachs be provok’d
    To wilful disobedience, and rebel? William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Such smiling rogues as these sooth every passion,
    That in the nature of their lords rebels;
    Bring oil to fire. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    There was a time, when all the body’s members
    Rebell’d against the belly. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Arm’d with thy might, rid heav’n of these rebell’d. John Milton.

    How cou’d my hand rebel against my heart?
    How cou’d your heart rebel against your reason? Dryden.

    Part of the angels rebelled against God, and thereby lost their happy state. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rebelverb

    pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops

  2. Rebelnoun

    one who rebels

  3. Rebelverb

    to renounce, and resist by force, the authority of the ruler or government to which one owes obedience. See Rebellion

  4. Rebelverb

    to be disobedient to authority; to assume a hostile or insubordinate attitude; to revolt

  5. Etymology: [F. rebeller, fr. L. rebellare to make war again; pref. re- again + bellare to make war, fr. bellum war. See Bellicose, and cf. Revel to carouse.]


  1. Rebel

    Rebel is a musical group founded by Igors Novikovs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rebel

    reb′el, n. one who rebels.—adj. rebellious.—v.i. (re-bel′) to renounce the authority of the laws and government to which one owes allegiance, or to take up arms and openly oppose them: to oppose any lawful authority:—pr.p. rebel′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. rebelled′.n. Rebel′ler, one who rebels: a rebel.—adj. Reb′el-like (Shak.), like a rebel.—n. Rebell′ion, act of rebelling: open opposition to lawful authority: revolt: the Great Rebellion in England from 1642 to 1660: the American civil war of 1861-65.—adj. Rebell′ious, engaged in rebellion: characteristic of a rebel or rebellion: (of things) refractory.—adv. Rebell′iously, in a rebellious manner: in opposition to lawful authority.—n. Rebell′iousness.—adj. Reb′elly, rebellious. [Fr. rebelle—L. rebellis, insurgent—re-, again, bellum, war.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rebel

    One who rebels; one who revolts from the government to which he owes allegiance, either by openly renouncing the authority of that government, or by taking arms and openly opposing it; one who defies and seeks to overthrow the authority to which he is rightfully subject; a revolter; an insurgent.

  2. rebel

    Acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops.

  3. rebel

    To revolt; to take up arms traitorously against the state or government; to renounce the authority of the laws and government to which one owes allegiance.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rebel' in Nouns Frequency: #1808

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rebel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rebel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Rebel in a Sentence

  1. Claudia Bivins:

    As I laid the rebel flag down across Vernon's grave, I told my grandson what it represents -- our hope that racism and hatred would die, that it would be killed at the root of our hearts, minds and souls.

  2. Jamie Turner:

    Instagram is really a megaphone for people in repressed social and political environments to stand up and say,' I'm here, I'm alive, and I want to rebel against the social and cultural values of my parents' generation,'.

  3. Albert Camus:

    What is a rebel A man who says no.

  4. Dominic Ongwen:

    From that moment, I started hearing and reflecting on messages about amnesty ... I kept pondering over it. I slowly started giving up on rebel life.

  5. Rodrigue Katembo:

    We need to have the same kind of strategies in place to combat illegal mining exploration in Virunga National Park and have the laws be respected like we did in Virunga, we need to have a support at national and international level.Hide Caption 11 of Rodrigue Katembo Photos : Protecting Africas oldest parkHe hopes to be able to develop ecological activities around the park's boundaries that will provide income for Virunga National Park local community. But due to lack of finance, there is only one truck to patrol over 4,000 square miles. Pictured, Rodrigue Katembo Katembo.Hide Caption 12 of 12 / * global CNN * /' use strict' ; jQuery( document). ready( function() { var galleryAdSlide = new CNN.AdSlide(' el __ gallery', false, CNN.contentModel.singletonFile) ; }) ; Rodrigue Katembo has loved wildlife since Rodrigue Katembo was young. But like many in the African nation, he has been touched by war. When he was 14 years old in 1989, Rodrigue Katembo was taken as a child soldier, during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long running armed conflict.He would remain a soldier for eight years in different rebel groups. After peace was briefly restored, he began work at Virunga, in 2003, protecting the land and healing the community.

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