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Noun: rebel  re-b(u)l
  1. A person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
    "a lying traitorous rebel";
    - insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter
     
  2. Someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    - maverick
Verb: rebel (rebelled,rebelling)  re-b(u)l
  1. Take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
    - arise, rise, rise up
     
  2. Break with established customs
    - renegade
Noun: Rebel
  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
    - Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, greyback [Brit, Cdn], grayback [US]

Derived forms: rebelling, rebels, rebelled

Type of: Confederate soldier, crusader, dissent, meliorist, nonconformist, protest, recusant, reformer, reformist, resist, revolutionary, revolutionist, social reformer, subversive, subverter

Encyclopedia: Rebel, Sweetheart