- The definition of a rebellion is a resistance against something, particularly the government, authority or other controlling forces.
An example of a rebellion is a refusal by a large group of people to follow a law.
rebellion definition by Webster's New World
- an act or state of armed resistance to one's government
- a defiance of or opposition to any kind of authority or control
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin rebellio: see rebel
rebellion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Open, armed, and organized resistance to a constituted government.
- An act or a show of defiance toward an authority or established convention.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rebelliō, rebelliōn-, from rebellāre, to rebel; see Rebel .