Rebel - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrebl|  American pronunciation of the word rebel
Brit.  |ˈrebl|  British pronunciation of the word rebel


- `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: greyback, johnny, reb)
- a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions) (syn: insurgent, insurrectionist)
- someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action (syn: maverick)


- take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance (syn: arise, rise)
- break with established customs (syn: renegade)

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The government captured six armed rebels.

He was a rebel against the school administration.

He is a typical teenage rebel.

When the government imposed more taxes, the people rebelled.

The protesters are rebelling against the new tax law.

Children often rebel against their parents.

He rebeled against the social conventions of his time.

He had been a rebel at school.

The citizens at last rebelled against their cruel rulers.

Children naturally rebel against their parents.

Anti-government rebels attacked the town.

Alex has always been a bit of a rebel.

He knew he ought to eat, but his stomach rebelled.

teenage boys rebelling against their parents

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rebel
he/she/it: rebels
present participle: rebelling
past tense: rebelled
past participle: rebelled
singular: rebel
plural: rebels
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