insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter, rebel

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

maverick, rebel

(noun) someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

Rebel, Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, greyback

(noun) ‘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

rebel, arise, rise, rise up

(verb) take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

rebel, renegade

(verb) break with established customs

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Rebel (plural Rebels)

(US) a Confederate soldier; of the Confederate States of America; of the American Civil War


• Reb (abbreviation)

• Johnny Reb

Etymology 1


rebel (plural rebels)

A person who resists an established authority, often violently

(US) A person from the Confederate States of America

Etymology 2


rebel (third-person singular simple present rebels, present participle rebelling, simple past and past participle rebelled)

(intransitive) To resist or become defiant toward an authority.


• defy


• obey

• submit

Source: Wiktionary

Reb"el, a. Etym: [F. rebelle, fr. L. rebellis. See Rebel, v. t.]

Definition: Pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops. Whoso be rebel to my judgment. Chaucer. Convict by flight, and rebel to all law. Milton.

Reb"el, n. Etym: [F. rebelle.]

Definition: One who rebels.


– Revolter; insurgent.

– Rebel, Insurgent. Insurgent marks an early, and rebel a more advanced, stage of opposition to government. The former rises up against his rulers, the latter makes war upon them.

Re*bel", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rebelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Rebelling.] Etym: [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.]

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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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