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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rebel \Reb"el\ (r[e^]b"[e^]l), adjective [F. rebelle, fr. L. rebellis. See {Rebel}, verb (used without an object)] Pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops.

Whoso be rebel to my judgment. --Chaucer.

Convict by flight, and rebel to all law. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rebel \Reb"el\, noun [F. rebelle.] One who rebels.

Syn: Revolter; insurgent.

Usage: {Rebel}, {Insurgent}. Insurgent marks an early, and rebel a more advanced, stage of opposition to government. The former rises up against his rulers, the latter makes war upon them.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rebel \Re*bel"\ (r[-e]*b[e^]l"), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Rebelled} (r[-e]*b[e^]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rebelling}.] [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. To renounce, and resist by force, the authority of the ruler or government to which one owes obedience. See {Rebellion}.

The murmur and the churls' rebelling. --Chaucer.

Ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the Lord. --Josh. xxii. 16.

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

How could my hand rebel against my heart? How could your heart rebel against your reason? --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: '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 [syn: {Rebel}, {Reb}, {Johnny Reb}, {Johnny}, {greyback}]

2: a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions) [syn: {insurgent}, {insurrectionist}, {freedom fighter}, {rebel}]

3: someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action [syn: {maverick}, {rebel}]


1: take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance [syn: {rebel}, {arise}, {rise}, {rise up}]

2: break with established customs [syn: {rebel}, {renegade}]

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