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Meaning of REBEL

Pronunciation:  [v]re'bel, 'rebl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
  2. [n]  someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
  3. [n]  (informal) `johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `grayback' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms
  4. [adj]  used by northerners of Confederate soldiers; "the rebel yell"
  5. [v]  take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
  6. [v]  break with established customs

REBEL is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: arise, freedom fighter, grayback, insurgent, insurrectionist, Johnny, Johnny Reb, maverick, Reb, renegade, rise, rise up, southern
 See Also: Confederate soldier, crusader, Denmark Vesey, dissent, meliorist, mutineer, mutiny, Nat Turner, nonconformist, protest, recusant, reformer, reformist, resist, revolt, revolutionary, revolutionist, Sir William Wallace, subversive, subverter, Turner, Vesey, Wallace



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Reb"el\, a. [F. rebelle, fr. L. rebellis. See {Rebel}, v.
    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.
  2. \Reb"el\, n. [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.
  3. \Re*bel"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rebelled}; 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
             The murmur and the churl's rebelling. --Chaucer.
             Ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel
             this day against the Lord.            --Josh. xxii.
    2. To be disobedient to authority; to assume a hostile or
       insubordinate attitude; to revolt.
             Hoe could my hand rebel against my heart? How could
             you heart rebel against your reason?  --Dryden.