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Meaning of REBELLION

Pronunciation:  ri'belyun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
  2. [n]  refusal to accept some authority or code or convention; "each generation must have its own rebellion"; "his body was in rebellion against fatigue"

REBELLION is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising
 See Also: battle, conflict, Great Revolt, insurgency, intifada, mutiny, Peasant's Revolt, resistance, struggle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*bel"lion\, n. [F. r['e]bellion, L. rebellio. See
{Rebel}, v. t. Among the Romans rebellion was originally a
revolt or open resistance to their government by nations that
had been subdued in war. It was a renewed war.]
1. The act of rebelling; open and avowed renunciation of the
   authority of the government to which one owes obedience,
   and resistances to its officers and laws, either by
   levying war, or by aiding others to do so; an organized
   uprising of subjects for the purpose of coercing or
   overthrowing their lawful ruler or government by force;
   revolt; insurrection.

         No sooner is the standard of rebellion displayed
         than men of desperate principles resort to it.

2. Open resistances to, or defiance of, lawful authority.

{Commission of rebellion} (Eng. Law), a process of contempt
   on the nonappearance of a defendant, -- now abolished.
   --Wharton. --Burrill.

Syn: Insurrection; sedition; revolt; mutiny; resistance;
     contumacy. See {Insurrection}.

 Definition: an attempt within a society to disrupt the status quo and redistribute the power and resources.