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rebel adj
1 used by northerners of Confederate soldiers; "the rebel yell"
2 participating in organized resistance to a constituted government; "the rebelling confederacy" [syn: rebel(a), rebelling(a), rebellious]


1 `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 [syn: Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, grayback]
2 a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions) [syn: insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter]
3 someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action [syn: maverick]


1 take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance [syn: arise, rise, rise up]
2 break with established customs [syn: renegade] [also: rebelling, rebelled]rebelled See rebel

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  1. past of rebel
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