) KEY intr.v. re·belled
- 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: "He is the perfect recruit for fascist movements: a rebel not a revolutionary, contemptuous yet envious of the rich and involved with them" (Stanley Hoffman).
- Rebel A Confederate soldier.
Middle English rebellen
, from Old French rebeller
, from Latin rebellre
, to make war
). N., Middle English, rebellious, rebel
from Old French rebelle
, from Latin rebellis
, from rebellre