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

     

    rebel

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈrebl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrebl//
     
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  1. 1a person who fights against the government of their country rebel forces Armed rebels advanced towards the capital. Some parts of the country fell into rebel hands.
  2. 2a person who opposes somebody in authority over them within an organization, a political party, etc. A number of Tory rebels are planning to vote against the government.
  3. 3a person who does not like to obey rules or who does not accept normal standards of behaviour, dress, etc. I've always been the rebel of the family. He was a rebel in his teens but he’s a respectable citizen these days. See related entries: Youth
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French rebelle (noun), rebeller (verb), from Latin rebellis (used originally with reference to a fresh declaration of war by the defeated), based on bellum ‘war’.Extra examples The Education Secretary has made further concessions to the back-bench rebels. The rebels seized control of the national radio headquarters. The rebels were based in camps along the border. The southern parts of the country had fallen into rebel control. They sent in troops to back the rebels. a group of rebels against the emperor military operations against the rebels new recruits to the rebel cause A group of armed rebels seized control of the national radio headquarters. A number of Labour rebels are planning to vote against the government. Armed rebels are advancing towards the capital. Rebel forces clashed with government troops.
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