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 churl's 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. "Hoe could my hand rebel against my heart? How could you heart rebel against your reason?" (Dryden)

Origin: F. Rebeller, fr. L. Rebellare to make war again; pref. Re- again + bellare to make war, fr. Bellum war. See Bellicose, and cf. Revel to carouse.

(01 Mar 1998)

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