rebel

When you rebel against your parents by dying your hair green and staying out without calling, you are acting in a way that questions both their authority and their rules about what is right and acceptable.

A rebel is someone who fights authority. The story of a rebel often finds its way into books and movies. In the 1950s film "Rebel without a Cause," a teenager rebels against his parents. In the "Star Wars" movies, the Jedi rebel against the Empire. A rebel, whether the cause they are fighting for is just or not, is always the underdog. One pronunciation hint, rebel as a noun has the stress on the first syllable and as a verb on the second.

DEFINITIONS OF: rebel

1

n someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

Synonyms:
maverick
Type of:
nonconformist, recusant
someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct

n a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)

Synonyms:
freedom fighter, insurgent, insurrectionist
Examples:
Nat Turner
United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831)
Denmark Vesey
United States freed slave and insurrectionist in South Carolina who was involved in planning an uprising of slaves and was hanged (1767-1822)
Sir William Wallace
Scottish insurgent who led the resistance to Edward I; in 1297 he gained control of Scotland briefly until Edward invaded Scotland again and defeated Wallace and subsequently executed him (1270-1305)
Types:
mutineer
someone who is openly rebellious and refuses to obey authorities (especially seamen or soldiers)
Young Turk
a member of one or more of the insurgent groups in Turkey in the late 19th century who rebelled against the absolutism of Ottoman rule
Type of:
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
a disputant who advocates reform
revolutionary, revolutionist, subversive, subverter
a radical supporter of political or social revolution

v take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

Synonyms:
arise, rise, rise up
Types:
revolt
make revolution
mutiny
engage in a mutiny against an authority
Type of:
dissent, protest, resist
express opposition through action or words

v break with established customs

Synonyms:
renegade
Type of:
dissent, protest, resist
express opposition through action or words

WORD FORMS

n
someone who exhibits independence in thought and action
1 rebel
v
renounce a former allegiance
2 rebel
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