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rebellious

re·bel·lious

rebellious

 
 
pronunciation:
rih bel ys
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unwilling to accept one's situation or submit to the will of others.
The others tolerated the injustices, but she was rebellious.
synonyms:
insurgent, rebel
antonyms:
patient, resigned, submissive, tolerant
similar words:
lawless, mutinous, revolting, revolutionary, riotous, seditious, subversive, traitorous, treasonable
definition 2: resisting what is conventional or restrictive.
antonyms:
conventional
similar words:
antisocial, bohemian, contumacious, defiant, insubordinate, lawless, rebel, recalcitrant, resistant, resistive, unconventional
definition 3: unruly; unmanageable.
synonyms:
unmanageable, unruly
similar words:
contumacious, defiant, disobedient, incorrigible, obstreperous, recalcitrant, refractory, riotous, uncontrollable, undisciplined, wayward, wild
definition 4: of or characteristic of a rebellion or rebels.
rebellious forces
similar words:
rebel
derivations: rebelliously (adv.), rebelliousness (n.)
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The word rebellious 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