Reb·el, n. One who rebels.
Syn: -- Revolter; insurgent.
Usage: -- Rebel, Insurgent. Insurgent marks an early, and rebel a more advanced, stage of opposition to government. The former rises up against his rulers, the latter makes war upon them.
Reb·el a. Pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops.
Whoso be rebel to my judgment. --Chaucer.
Convict by flight, and rebel to all law. --Milton.
Re·bel v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rebelled p. pr. & vb. n. Rebelling.]
1. 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. --Chaucer.
Ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the Lord. --Josh. xxii. 16.
2. 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? --Dryden.
adj 1: used by northerners of Confederate soldiers; "the rebel
2: participating in organized resistance to a constituted
government; "the rebelling confederacy" [syn: rebel(a),
n 1: `johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers
by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War;
`grayback' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms
[syn: Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, grayback]
2: a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the
constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving
conditions) [syn: insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom
3: someone who exhibits great independence in thought and
action [syn: maverick]
v 1: take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance [syn:
arise, rise, rise up]
2: break with established customs [syn: renegade]
[also: rebelling, rebelled]