Definition of rebellion in English:


Line breaks: re¦bel|lion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈbɛljən


1An act of armed resistance to an established government or leader: the authorities put down a rebellion by landless colonials [mass noun]: the Bretons rose in rebellion against the King
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  • There was indeed a subjective factor: a national consciousness expressed in several armed rebellions in defence of the Fueros.
  • It was filled with murderous conquests, hate, rebellions, and revolutions.
  • For now, there hasn't been any report on any uprisings or rebellions.
1.1 [mass noun] The action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention: an act of teenage rebellion
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  • Early in his life, he had converted to Catholicism, as a kind of teenage act of rebellion.
  • The characters that fitted it best were outsiders, in rebellion against authority or their families.
  • For example, any questioning of authority is treated as rebellion, and not trusting.
defiance, disobedience, rebelliousness, insubordination, mutinousness, subversion, subversiveness, resistance, dissent, nonconformity;
heresy, apostasy, schism, recusancy
archaic contumacy


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin rebellio(n-), from rebellis (see rebel).

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