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REBEL (rebelled, rebelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Rebel mean? 

REBEL (noun)
  The noun REBEL has 3 senses:

1. '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
2. a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
3. someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

  Familiarity information: REBEL used as a noun is uncommon.


REBEL (adjective)
  The adjective REBEL has 1 sense:

1. used by Northerners of Confederate soldiers

  Familiarity information: REBEL used as an adjective is very rare.


REBEL (verb)
  The verb REBEL has 2 senses:

1. take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
2. break with established customs

  Familiarity information: REBEL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


REBEL (noun)


Sense 1Rebel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

'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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Rebel; Reb; Johnny Reb; Johnny; greyback

Hypernyms ("Rebel" is a kind of...):

Confederate soldier (a soldier in the Army of the Confederacy during the American Civil War)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 2rebel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

freedom fighter; insurgent; insurrectionist; rebel

Hypernyms ("rebel" is a kind of...):

crusader; meliorist; reformer; reformist; social reformer (a disputant who advocates reform)

revolutionary; revolutionist; subversive; subverter (a radical supporter of political or social revolution)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rebel"):

mutineer (someone who is openly rebellious and refuses to obey authorities (especially seamen or soldiers))

Young Turk (a member of one or more of the insurgent groups in Turkey in the late 19th century who rebelled against the absolutism of Ottoman rule)

Instance hyponyms:

Nat Turner; Turner (United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831))

Denmark Vesey; Vesey (United States freed slave and insurrectionist in South Carolina who was involved in planning an uprising of slaves and was hanged (1767-1822))

Sir William Wallace; Wallace (Scottish insurgent who led the resistance to Edward I; in 1297 he gained control of Scotland briefly until Edward invaded Scotland again and defeated Wallace and subsequently executed him (1270-1305))


Sense 3rebel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

maverick; rebel

Hypernyms ("rebel" is a kind of...):

nonconformist; recusant (someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct)


REBEL (adjective)


Sense 1rebel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used by Northerners of Confederate soldiers

Context example:

the rebel yell

Similar:

southern (in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line)


REBEL (verb)


Sense 1rebel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

rebel; rise up; arise; rise

Hypernyms (to "rebel" is one way to...):

dissent; protest; resist (express opposition through action or words)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rebel"):

revolt (make revolution)

mutiny (engage in a mutiny against an authority)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They rebel


Sense 2rebel [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break with established customs

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

renegade; rebel

Hypernyms (to "rebel" is one way to...):

dissent; protest; resist (express opposition through action or words)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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