• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rebellious discontented as toward authority
    • adj rebellious participating in organized resistance to a constituted government "the rebelling confederacy"
    • adj rebellious resisting control or authority "temperamentally rebellious","a rebellious crew"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • a Rebellious Engaged in rebellion; disposed to rebel; of the nature of rebels or of rebellion; resisting government or lawful authority by force. "Thy rebellious rebellious arms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rebellious Acting as a rebel, or having the disposition of one; defying lawful authority; openly disobedient or insubordinate.
    • rebellious Pertaining to or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion; of rebel character, relation, or use.
    • rebellious Hard to treat or deal with; resisting effort or operation; refractory: applied to things.
    • rebellious Synonyms Insubordinate, disobedient. See insurgent, n., and insurrection.
    • rebellious Specifically, in metallurgy, difficult to reduce; requiring extra manipulation or extreme heat: said of ores from which it is difficult to separate the metal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rebellious engaged in rebellion: characteristic of a rebel or rebellion: (of things) refractory
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  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The creative person is usually rebellious. He or she is the survivor of a trauma called education.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.”
  • Tom Robbins
    Tom Robbins
    “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. rebelle—L. rebellis, insurgent—re-, again, bellum, war.


In literature:

There is a rebellious soul in things which must be overcome by powerful charms and incantations.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
However, to return to our particular Mr. Skinner and Matt Peasley, the rebellious.
"Cappy Ricks" by Peter B. Kyne
But custom and the fixed order are stronger than the most enthusiastic and rebellious young lady, as Ruth very soon found.
"The Gilded Age, Part 3." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
One single rebellious word and I will march you to the nearest guard post!
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
Down in his heart, however, he was bitterly rebellious.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
The Heart of all the East seemed to burn in her, rebellious!
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
But there was one rebellious subject, and her name was Hester Orval.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Nothing bad as yet occurred to make their motives suspected, or to manifest in them a rebellious spirit.
"The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
All Genoa's female hearts were in rebellious ferment for so enviable a prize!
"Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
It may be that they will give over the place into our mercy, though they be a rebellious people.
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott

In poetry:

But sorer vengeance falls
On that rebellious race,
Who hate to hear when Jesus calls,
And dare resist his grace.
"Hymn 118" by Isaac Watts
Crush pride into the dust,
Or thou must needs be slack;
And trample down rebellious lust,
Or it will hold thee back.
"The Narrow Way" by Anne Bronte
Against the thunders of thy word
Rebellious I have stood;
My heart, it shakes not at the wrath
And terrors of a God.
"Hymn 98" by Isaac Watts
His father saw him coming back,
He saw, and ran, and smiled;
And threw his arms around the neck
Of his rebellious child.
"The Prodigal Son" by John Newton
I weep, but not rebellious tears;
I mourn, but not in hopeless woe;
I droop, but not with doubtful fears;
For whom I've trusted Him I know.
"Lord, I believe, assuage my grief,
And help — oh, help mine unbelief!"
"I Weep, But Not Rebellious Tears" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey
They well-known rosy colours of his face
Were almost lost in grey.
We saw that, dying and in hopeless case,
For others' sake that day
He'd smothered all rebellious groans: in death
His fingers were tight clenched between his teeth.
"The Dead Fox Hunter" by Robert Graves

In news:

Rebellious unions upend German order.
Syrian Forces Storm Rebellious Areas Near Damascus.
' Rebellious Gratitude' is the topic at UUCWI's Sunday service.
Assateague 'Pony Patrol' wrangle rebellious horses.
Tunnels a link to a rebellious past.
A Weekend of Rebellious Rock 'n' Roll Brought to You by.
Food & Drink / Food Chain iCream humans tame rebellious machines.
Legalize the death penalty for rebellious children, as per the Bible.
Certain games may increase rebelliousness, sensation seeking among adolescents, study finds.
A rebellious teenage girl struggles to navigate a broken relationship with her mother and a troubled adolescence, while memories of her absent father continue to haunt her.
The first round of results posted by Kids Voting USA suggested that Minnesota's rebellious youth favored Mitt Romney over President Obama 2,135 to 1,944.
Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:51 pm Post subject: Republican says Death to Rebellious children.
He and his writing partner, Al Franken, were among the first writers hired in 1975 for the rebellious, groundbreaking variety show.
The disagreements between the government and the rebellious people were many, and all efforts at diplomacy and compromise finally failed.
George Lucas ' filmmaking rooted in rebellious youth.