Definition of rebellion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈbeljən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbeljən//
    rebellion (against somebody/something) Protest
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] an attempt by some of the people in a country to change their government, using violence synonym uprising The north of the country rose in rebellion against the government. The army put down the rebellion. CollocationsWar and peaceStarting a war declare/​make/​wage war (on somebody/​something) go to war (against/​with somebody) cause/​spark/​provoke/​foment/​quell unrest incite/​lead/​crush/​suppress a revolt/​rebellion launch/​mount/​carry out a surprise/​terrorist attack prevent/​halt/​represent an escalation of the conflict be torn apart by/​be on the brink of civil war enter/​invade/​occupy somebody’s territory lead/​launch/​resist/​repel an invasionMilitary operations adopt/​develop/​implement/​pursue a military strategy carry out/​execute/​perform military operations/​manoeuvres/(especially US English) maneuvers send/​deploy/​station/​pull back/​withdraw troops go on/​fly/​carry out a reconnaissance/​rescue mission train/​equip/​deploy army/​military/​combat units lead/​launch/​conduct a raid/​a surprise attack/​an (air/​airborne/​amphibious) assault (on somebody) employ/​use guerrilla tactics conduct/​wage biological/​guerrilla warfare fight/​crush/​defeat the rebels/​the insurgency suffer/​inflict a crushing defeat achieve/​win a decisive victory halt/​stop the British/​German/​Russian advance order/​force a retreatFighting join/​serve in the army/​navy/​air force be/​go/​remain/​serve on active duty serve/​complete/​return from a tour of duty be sent to the front (line) attack/​strike/​engage/​defeat/​kill/​destroy the enemy see/​report/​be engaged in heavy fighting call for/​be met with armed resistance come under heavy/​machine-gun/​mortar fire fire a machine-gun/​mortar shells/​rockets (at somebody/​something) shoot a rifle/​a pistol/​bullets/​missiles launch/​fire a cruise/​ballistic/​anti-tank missile use biological/​chemical/​nuclear weapons inflict/​suffer/​sustain heavy losses/​casualties be hit/​killed by enemy/​friendly/​artillery fire become/​be held as a prisoner of warCivilians in war harm/​kill/​target/​protect innocent/​unarmed civilians cause/​avoid/​limit/​minimize civilian casualties/​collateral damage impose/​enforce/​lift a curfew engage in/​be a victim of ethnic cleansing be sent to an internment/​a concentration camp accept/​house/​resettle refugees fleeing from war fear/​threaten military/​violent reprisals commit/​be accused of war crimes/​crimes against humanity/​genocideMaking peace make/​bring/​win/​achieve/​maintain/​promote peace call for/​negotiate/​broker/​declare a ceasefire/​a temporary truce sign a ceasefire agreement call for/​bring/​put an end to hostilities demand/​negotiate/​accept the surrender of somebody/​something establish/​send (in) a peacekeeping force negotiate/​conclude/​ratify/​sign/​accept/​reject/​break/​violate a peace treaty See related entries: Protest
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] opposition to authority within an organization, a political party, etc. (a) back-bench rebellion Some members are in rebellion against proposed cuts in spending.
  3. 3[uncountable] opposition to authority; being unwilling to obey rules or accept normal standards of behaviour, dress, etc. teenage rebellion
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin rebellio(n-), from rebellis (used originally with reference to a fresh declaration of war by the defeated), based on bellum ‘war’.Extra examples In July 1745 Charles sailed for Scotland to raise a rebellion in the Highlands. Peasant rebellions occurred throughout the 16th century. Rebellion broke out in India. Rebellion broke out in the Rhineland. Simon de Montfort rose in rebellion in 1258. The band refused to go on stage and rebellion began to stir in the audience. The country has been plagued by wars, civil wars, and internal rebellions. The new taxes provoked the population to open rebellion. The opposition party members threatened rebellion. The re-introduction of conscription sparked off a major rebellion. The slaves rose up in rebellion. They are in rebellion against the conservative hierarchy of the Church. They staged a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. a rebellion against the new king a rebellion over an increase in VAT attempts to foment rebellion in the Cabinet rebellion against their parents After years of protest, much of the country was now in open rebellion against the president. Teenage rebellion often starts in the home. The English Tudors faced six major rebellions and countless minor revolts. The prime minister faces a rebellion from junior members of his party.
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