Rebel

Definitions

  • One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered
    One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rebel take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
    • v rebel break with established customs
    • n rebel a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
    • n rebel someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    • n Rebel `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rebel One who rebels.
    • a Rebel rĕb"ĕl Pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops. "Whoso be rebel to my judgment.""Convict by flight, and rebel to all law."
    • Rebel To be disobedient to authority; to assume a hostile or insubordinate attitude; to revolt. "How could my hand rebel against my heart?
      How could your heart rebel against your reason?"
    • Rebel To renounce, and resist by force, the authority of the ruler or government to which one owes obedience. See Rebellion. "The murmur and the churls' rebelling .""Ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the Lord."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rebel Resisting authority or law; rebellious.
    • rebel Of a rebellious nature or character; characteristic of a rebel.
    • n rebel A person who makes war upon the government of his country from political motives; one of a body of persons organized for a change of government or of laws by force of arms, or by open defiance.
    • n rebel Hence One who or that which resists authority or law; one who refuses obedience to a superior, or who revolts against some controlling power or principle.
    • n rebel Synonyms Traitor, etc. See insurgent, n.
    • rebel To make war against one's government, or against anything deemed oppressive, by arms or other means; revolt by active resistance or repulsion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rebel reb′el one who rebels
    • adj Rebel rebellious
    • v.i Rebel (re-bel′) to renounce the authority of the laws and government to which one owes allegiance, or to take up arms and openly oppose them: to oppose any lawful authority:—pr.p. rebel′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. rebelled′
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Quotations

  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    Sir%20Thomas%20Browne
    “As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “What is a rebel? A man who says no.”
  • Claire Danes
    Claire Danes
    “I'm totally going through a rebel period right now. It's sort of waning, but ... ach, I'm allowed, right? It's OK, right?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rebeller, fr. L. rebellare, to make war again; pref. re-, again + bellare, to make war, fr. bellum, war. See Bellicose, and cf. Revel to carouse

Usage

In literature:

By this means the Christians were likewise obliged to divide their army into many divisions, and to encounter the rebels in partial struggles.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
Meanwhile, the rebels had been making preparations for defence.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles
Who but a rebel sympathizer would challenge it for them?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
If we lie still, we are destroyed by the heathen; if we defend ourselves, we are accounted rebels and traitors.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Fin'ly dem Rebels fled and we gits on Look Out Mountain and takes it.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
And the Hessians made a great foray on the rebel families this side the river.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
They had rebelled against the rebels, so were doubly rebel, doubly outlawed.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
He, the doctor, was a large slave owner, and a violent rebel.
"Campaign of Battery D, First Rhode Island light artillery." by Ezra Knight Parker
During the night, however, the rebel retreat began by the Fairfield road.
"Our campaign around Gettysburg" by John Lockwood
But if this Lupez has the money, I can't understand how he would join the rebels.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
They came in sight of rebel camps, and were treated to a few harmless shells.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
This happened for perhaps a dozen times before he openly rebelled.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Rebel soldiers guarded the polls.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
A rebel account has stated that the next morning they found some of the dead with their thumbs chewed to a pulp.
"The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee" by John K. Shellenberger
On the contrary, he led it against Kumaso, from which the rebels drove him back in defeat.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
His treatment of the rebels was merciful in the extreme.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
In this engagement the rebels lost nine men killed, several wounded and twelve prisoners.
"History of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry" by R. C. Rankin
During the night our scouts brought information to camp that the rebels were moving from the Potomac this way.
"The Burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania" by B. S. (Benjamin Shroder) Schneck
Under the new leadership came the cavalry battle of Brandy Station, or Fleetwood, as it is called by the rebels.
"Some Personal Reminiscences of Service in the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac" by Hampton Sidney Thomas
In every case the rebels were dispersed.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
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In poetry:

The rebel soul that once withstood
The Saviour's kindest call;
Rejoices now, by grace subdued,
To serve him with her all.
"The Heart Taken" by John Newton
But if their hearts rebel and rise
Against the God that rules the skies;
If they reject his heav'nly word,
And slight the counsels of the Lord
"Psalm 107 part 2" by Isaac Watts
This the old rebel angels knew,
And Satan fell beneath thy frown;
Thine arrows struck the traitor through,
And weighty vengeance sunk him down.
"Hymn 22" by Isaac Watts
Rebels at home! go hide your faces —
Weep for your crimes with bitter tears;
You could not bind the blessed daylight,
Though you should strive a thousand years.
"Song of a Thousand Years" by Henry Clay Work
Tho' Carlisle ye took by the Way, by the Way;
Tho' Carlisle ye took by the Way;
Tho' Carlisle ye took,
Short Space ye did it Brook,
These Rebels got a Rope on a Day.
"You Jacobites" by Anonymous British
"My soul is ready to depart,
No thought rebels, the obedient heart
Breathes forth no sigh;
The wish on earth to linger still
Were vain, when 't is God's sovereign will
That we shall die.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

UCLA math major joins Libya rebels on 'vacation'.
Keeton, who threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns, will have two more chances to face the Rebels when Utah State joins the league in 2013.
Sudan's army clashes with rebels outside Darfur city: state media.
Sudan's armed forces and a rebel group clashed outside a major city in the troubled western Darfur region, scene of an almost decade-long insurgency, state news agency SUNA said on Sunday.
James Dean, pictured on the set of "Rebel Witout a Cause," which was released less than a month after Dean was killed on a car accident in September 1955.
A new video appears to show Syrian rebels killing a group of captured soldiers, spraying them with bullets as they lay on the ground.
Fierce fighting has continued in recent days between the Syrian Army and rebels in the suburbs.
Former Commodore standout to be a Rebel.
The shell that killed five civilians on the Turkish border is not the only source of tension between that country and warring Syria -- the Syrian government is also upset at Turkey for sheltering rebels.
The officers were called by M23 rebel officials to receive an ideological briefing.
Rebel leaders have vowed to take control of the entire country, including its capital, Kinshasa.
A Congo government policeman shake hands with an M23 rebel, after he and other policemen handed over their weapons during a M23 rally in Goma, Congo , Wednesday.
In this Aug 5, 2012 file photo, M23 rebel fighters walk through the streets of Kiwanja 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Goma, Congo .
According to a just leaked report, which seemed to confirm long-held suspicions among African security experts, the Rwandan government is directly sponsoring a violent rebel group in neighboring regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo .
Prosecutors said Lubanga led a rebel force that recruited child soldiers.
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In science:

The Giudecca island is composed of 8 islets separated by canals dredged in the 9th century when the area was divided among the rebelling nobles.
Sestieri of Venice
We would have called the facility a trial balloon for ALMA, but even our linguistically elastic minds rebelled at that bit of cognitive dissonance.
Astrophysics in 2006
Rebel for the MINOS collaboration, “Measurement of the Atmospheric Muon Charge Ratio at TeV Energies with MINOS, these proceedings.
The Maximum Detectable Momentum for cosmic ray muons in the MINOS far detector
Theorem 1.1 of gives a complete convergence theorem for the threshold voter model, the spin-flip system with rate function cTV given in Example 1 above, and a complete convergence result is established in for the one-dimensional “rebel lious voter model” for a sufficiently smal l parameter value.
A Complete Convergence Theorem for Voter Model Perturbations
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