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rebel

reb·el

rebel

 
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: re bl
definition 1: one who resists authority or restriction.
He was a rebel in high school and broke all the rules.A woman was considered a rebel in those times if she refused marry.
similar words:
renegade, subversive
definition 2: a person who shows no loyalty to or tries to overthrow the established government of his or her country.
The rebels finally succeeded in overthrowing the government.
synonyms:
insurgent, revolutionary, revolutionist, traitor
similar words:
subversive
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: re bl
definition 1: pertaining to rebellions or defiant behavior.
The rebel cause has many supporters.
synonyms:
defiant, rebellious
antonyms:
compliant
similar words:
disobedient, factious, insurgent, lawless, mutinous, recalcitrant, riotous, seditious, subversive, treasonable
definition 2: of, pertaining to, or denoting those who are rebels.
Rebel uniforms were gray during the U.S. Civil War.The rebel forces have gained the upper hand.
synonyms:
insurgent, revolutionary
antonyms:
conformist
similar words:
mutinous, rebellious, renegade, traitorous
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: rih bel
inflections: rebelled, rebelling, rebels
definition 1: to act in a defiant or rebellious manner.
During the Revolutionary War, the American colonies rebelled against English rule.
synonyms:
revolt
antonyms:
conform, follow, obey
similar words:
mutiny, riot
definition 2: to show feelings of great unwillingness or distaste.
She rebelled at what she felt were her mother's unreasonable demands.
antonyms:
acquiesce
similar words:
defy, flinch, recoil, 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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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