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.


  1. rebel

    A rebel is a person who resists or defies rules, norms, or established authority. This can refer to political dissidents who oppose or fight against a government, or to people who go against societal expectations or traditions in various ways. Rebels often seek change and advocate for values such as freedom and individualism.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. REBEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rebel is ranked #41886 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rebel surname appeared 519 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rebel.

    95.3% or 495 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  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. Max Percy:

    The priest persuades a humble people to endure their hard lot, a politician urges them to rebel against it, and a scientist thinks of a method that does away with the hard lot altogether.

  2. Aleister Crowley:

    The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without. Inevitably anyone with an independent mind must become "one who resists or opposes authority or established conventions": a rebel. If enough people come to agree with, and follow, the Rebel, we now have a Devil. Until, of course, still more people agree. And then, finally, we have ---Greatness.

  3. Thomas Browne:

    As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.

  4. Rebel Wilson:

    REBEL Rebel Wilson SAYS SHE WAS PROBABLY EATING 3,000 CALORIES MOST DAYS BEFORE WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY Seventy-five kilograms is equivalent to 165 pounds. Rebel Wilson has made healthy life changes for 2020 that have resulted in dramatic weight loss. ( Photo by SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) The Pitch Perfect star, 40, also made a note in her story that says she wants to speak with her fans on Instagram Live this Tuesday. I wan na go live on Insta on Tuesday night when Im back in US to share stuff with you guys and thank everyone for their support, Rebel Wilson teased. Sooo until then... 6p NYC time. REBEL Rebel Wilson REVEALS SHES ONLY 6 POUNDS AWAY FROM HER GOAL WEIGHT, DUBS HERSELF FIT AMY In mid-November, Rebel Wilson reportedly checked into Austrian wellness center, VivaMayr, according to People magazine. The upscale lakeside lodge is said to be the place where she first kicked off her health journey and adopted a specialized diet in 2019. I went back because 2021 is going to be an insanely busy year with project after project, so I wanted to come back to VivaMayr.

  5. Katy Perry:

    It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is rebel – a rebel for Jesus, he is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. inspire
    • B. adventure
    • C. demolish
    • D. moan

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