Definition of rebellion in English:



  • 1An act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler.

    ‘the authorities put down a rebellion by landless colonials’
    ‘Simon de Montfort rose in rebellion’
    • ‘Hoyle's rebellions were revolts of the commons, taken over and defused by the gentry and nobility.’
    • ‘You note the number of parliamentary rebellions.’
    • ‘There had been countless rebellions and revolts during the second half of the 1790s.’
    • ‘Despite a record-breaking series of rebellions in the last Parliament, they never inflicted a single significant defeat.’
    • ‘The result was a series of rebellions in schools that opted to forbid the practice, leading to the expulsion of some girls.’
    • ‘There has been an enormous rise in workers' strikes, peasant rebellions and urban riots.’
    • ‘She also said her top priority was to prevent the diverse archipelago being torn apart by separatist rebellions.’
    • ‘Now he is his own man, hardened and scarred by backbench rebellions, geopolitical scraps and a hostile media firing on him from both left and right.’
    • ‘There was indeed a subjective factor: a national consciousness expressed in several armed rebellions in defence of the Fueros.’
    • ‘For now, there hasn't been any report on any uprisings or rebellions.’
    • ‘Otherwise, you're going to get one of the great historic rebellions among working Americans.’
    • ‘He visited the far-flung corners of his empire, bucking up his troops but also stamping out incipient rebellions.’
    • ‘Add in the new rebels from last week's rebellions, and in the last six months alone you are up to 62 Labour MPs who have already defied their whips.’
    • ‘These days, however, governments have to pay more deference to the organisers of grassroots rebellions.’
    • ‘These are small rebellions, perhaps, but encouraging nonetheless.’
    • ‘He also wished to prevent the restoration of France's colonial empire and the rebellions he expected would follow if it was restored.’
    • ‘Surviving monuments in Glasgow and Edinburgh to crushed colonial rebellions show a pride in the Scots' own brutal contribution to colonial rule.’
    • ‘Colombia has also had constant rebellions and civil unrest for the last fifty years.’
    • ‘If you look at the scale of some of the rebellions in the last Parliament, the government would have been defeated had its majority been below 80.’
    • ‘It was filled with murderous conquests, hate, rebellions, and revolutions.’
    uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny, revolution, insurgence, insurgency, rising, rioting, riot
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    1. 1.1The action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention.
      ‘an act of teenage rebellion’
      • ‘To suggest that teenage rebellion is a modern phenomenon is just plain wrong, Ruth says.’
      • ‘When this is a choice made against knowledge it becomes a serious act of rebellion.’
      • ‘Even the engagement was an act of fierce rebellion and shunning of anachronistic traditions.’
      • ‘Perhaps we should turn to other forms of rebellion, such as rock 'n' roll.’
      • ‘For these dogs, there is no such thing as betrayal or rebellion, only loyalty.’
      • ‘For example, any questioning of authority is treated as rebellion, and not trusting.’
      • ‘It was an act of rebellion against the rigid strictures of both the contemporary social mores and the strict code of ballet.’
      • ‘Kelly seems to have conceived what became his last stand as an act of mutinous rebellion and mass murder.’
      • ‘All good teenage rebellion rejects rational thought but needs an excuse for that rage.’
      • ‘The following films deal with rebellion against arbitrary or repressive authority.’
      • ‘Early in his life, he had converted to Catholicism, as a kind of teenage act of rebellion.’
      • ‘It shows the reasons for what would seem at first sight to be mindless vandalism, but are in fact little acts of rebellion.’
      • ‘The characters that fitted it best were outsiders, in rebellion against authority or their families.’
      • ‘So as an act of pitiful rebellion against the fact that I even have to be at work, I'm refusing to turn the office lights on.’
      • ‘After all, let's not pretend that all worthwhile pop music has always been about generational rebellion.’
      • ‘This is now past teenage rebellion where you thought your mother was the worst person in the world.’
      • ‘In a fit of teenage rebellion, I had told God to get out of my life and leave me alone.’
      • ‘For a few seconds, sneaking into the bar wearing dirty jeans and flip-flops seemed like an act of rebellion.’
      • ‘So instead, I am planning to stage my own little acts of social rebellion throughout the day.’
      • ‘But they are also more able to channel their feelings into acts of rebellion.’
      defiance, disobedience, rebelliousness, insubordination, mutinousness, subversion, subversiveness, resistance, dissent, nonconformity
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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin rebellio(n-), from rebellis (see rebel).