Definitions for: Rebellion


[n] organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
[n] refusal to accept some authority or code or convention; "each generation must have its own rebellion"; "his body was in rebellion against fatigue"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*bel"lion, n. [F. r['e]bellion, L. rebellio. See
Rebel, v. t. Among the Romans rebellion was originally a
revolt or open resistance to their government by nations that
had been subdued in war. It was a renewed war.]
1. The act of rebelling; open and avowed renunciation of the
authority of the government to which one owes obedience,
and resistances to its officers and laws, either by
levying war, or by aiding others to do so; an organized
uprising of subjects for the purpose of coercing or
overthrowing their lawful ruler or government by force;
revolt; insurrection.

No sooner is the standard of rebellion displayed
than men of desperate principles resort to it.
--Ames.

2. Open resistances to, or defiance of, lawful authority.

Commission of rebellion (Eng. Law), a process of contempt
on the nonappearance of a defendant, -- now abolished.
--Wharton. --Burrill.

Syn: Insurrection; sedition; revolt; mutiny; resistance;
contumacy. See Insurrection.

Synonyms: insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising

See Also: battle, conflict, Great Revolt, insurgency, intifada, mutiny, Peasant's Revolt, resistance, struggle

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