The young man was perceived as a rebel because of his hairstyle and piercings.
- The definition of a rebel is a person who stands up to or defies authority.
- An example of a rebel is a person involved in a political uprising.
- An example of a rebel is a teenager who is defying his parents.
- To rebel is to go against authority.
- An example of rebel is the action taken in a political uprising.
- An example of rebel is what teenager do when they defy their parents.
- one who engages in armed resistance against the established government of one's country
- a person who resists authority or convention
- [oftenR-] name for a Confederate soldier in the Civil War: term used chiefly by Northerners
Origin of rebelMiddle English from Old French rebelle from Classical Latin rebellis, rebel, rebellious from rebellare: see rebelthe intransitive verb
- of rebels
intransitive verbre·bel′, -·belled′, -·bel′ling
- to be a rebel against the established government of one's country
- to resist authority or convention: to rebel against one's parents
- to feel or show strong aversion; be repelled: his mind rebels at the thought
Origin of rebelME rebellen < OFr rebeller < L rebellare < re-, again + bellare, to wage war < bellum, war: see duel
intransitive verbre·belled, re·bel·ling, re·bels
- To refuse allegiance to and oppose by force an established government or ruling authority.
- To resist or defy an authority or a generally accepted convention.
- To feel or express strong unwillingness or repugnance: She rebelled at the unwelcome suggestion.
- One who rebels or is in rebellion.
- Rebel A Confederate soldier.
- A person who resists or defies authority or convention: “In her own mind, Jan is … a rebel, an iconoclast, a strange and estranged and angry freedom fighter” ( Perri Klass )
Origin of rebelMiddle English rebellen from Old French rebeller from Latin rebellāre re- re- bellāre to make war ( from bellum war ) N., Middle English rebellious, rebel from Old French rebelle from Latin rebellis from rebellāre
From Old French rebelle, from Latin rebellis (“waging war again; insurgent"), from rebellÅ (“I wage war again, fight back"), from re- (“again, back") + bellÅ (“I wage war").
(third-person singular simple present rebels, present participle rebelling, simple past and past participle rebelled)