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rebel

reb·el

rebel

 
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: re bl
definition 1: one who fights against or does not obey authority.
He was a rebel as a teenager, and he was often in trouble for breaking the rules.
definition 2: a person who fights against or is not loyal to the government of his or her country.
The rebels tried to overthrow the emperor.
synonyms:
revolutionary, traitor
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: re bl
definition: having to do with those who are rebels.
The band of fighters waved their rebel flag.
synonyms:
revolutionary
antonyms:
conformist
 
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: rih bel
inflections: rebelled, rebelling, rebels
definition 1: to fight against those in control or refuse to obey their rules; revolt.
During the Revolutionary War, the American colonies rebelled against English rule.
synonyms:
revolt
antonyms:
conform
similar words:
mutiny, riot
definition 2: to show feelings of strong dislike or opposition.
My dog rebelled when I tried to make him beg for treats.
similar words:
defy, flinch, shrink
Word History
Rebel comes from bellum, the Latin word for "war." With the prefix "re-," it means "make war against."
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The word rebel contains the following parts:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay , rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).
bell, belli Latin root that means war
synonyms:
pac