rebel has definitions from the fields of military,politics,work
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[ noun ] (informal) `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

Used in print

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

My definition of this much abused adjective is that a reconstructed rebel is one who is glad that the North won the War .

(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)

The Federal forces had taken Parkersburg and Grafton from the Rebels and were moving to take all the mountains .

He patted the eye Joel had had blackened in a fight over being Rebel at the crossroads some days back .

What he was_about became clear to her with the circulation of another broadside proclamation by General_McClellan , threatening reprisals against Rebel guerrillas .

Dangling his gaudy trinkets before them , he told of the Rebel losses in the mountains , at Cheat and Rich mountains both , and the Federal march on Beverly .

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[ verb ] take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

Synonyms

rise rise_up arise

Used in print

(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)

His arm had been giving him some trouble and Rector was not enough of a medical expert to determine whether it had healed improperly or whether Hino was simply rebelling against the tedious work in the print_shop , using the stiffness in his arm as an excuse .

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

The same month that Alastor was published , Murray sold twenty thousand copies of The_Siege_of_Corinth , a slovenly bit of Byronism that even Shelley 's generosity rebelled at .

Related terms

protest revolt mutiny rebellion

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[ noun ] (military,politics) a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)

Used in print

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

Poor where they had once been rich , humbled where they had been arrogant , having no_longer any hope of sharing_in the leadership of the nation , the rebels who would not surrender in spirit drew comfort from the sympathy they felt extended to them by the mother_country .

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[ verb ] break with established customs

Synonyms

renegade

Used in print

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

Holmes rebels against the social conventions of his day not on moral but rather on aesthetic grounds .

Related terms

protest renegade

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[ adjective ] used by northerners of Confederate soldiers

Examples

"the rebel yell"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

I insisted on takeing_the_field and prevailed - thinking that I had_better die by rebel bullets than [ by ] Union quackery '' .

Related terms

southern

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[ noun ] someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

Synonyms

maverick

Used in print

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

He must , in_short , cease to be a detective and become a rebel .

Related terms

nonconformist

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[ adjective ] participating in organized resistance to a constituted government

Examples

"the rebelling confederacy"

Related terms

disloyal

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