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rebellion

A rebellion is when you rise up and fight those in power, usually on a large scale. In "Star Wars," the good guys fighting the powerful, evil empire were known as the rebellion.

If you know that a rebel is someone who fights authority, then you won’t be surprised that a rebellion is something similar. Rebellions can be wars, particularly wars for independence from the ruling government, but many rebellions never come to armed conflict. Most of the time they're wars of words, or even just small-scale rule-breaking that is supposed to make a larger point. Students might wear shorts to school, for example, as a rebellion against the dress code.

Definitions of rebellion
  1. noun
    organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
    synonyms: insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising
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    examples:
    Peasant's Revolt
    a widespread rebellion in 1381 against poll taxes and other inequities that oppressed the poorer people of England; suppressed by Richard II
    Indian Mutiny
    discontent with British administration in India led to numerous mutinies in 1857 and 1858; the revolt was put down after several battles and sieges (notably the siege at Lucknow)
    types:
    insurgence, insurgency
    an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict
    intifada, intifadah
    an uprising by Palestinian Arabs (in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) against Israel in the late 1980s and again in 2000
    mutiny
    open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
    type of:
    battle, conflict, struggle
    an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
  2. noun
    refusal to accept some authority or code or convention
    “each generation must have its own rebellion
    “his body was in rebellion against fatigue”
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    type of:
    resistance
    group action in opposition to those in power
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