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rebel

verb arise, be disloyal, be insubordinate, be treasonable, betray, break with, concitare, defy, denounce, dethrone, disobey, insurrect, mutiny, oppose, overthrow, recalcitrate, refuse to conform, refuse to support, renounce, resist, resist lawful authority, revolt, revolutionize, riot, rise, rise in arms, seditionem, strike, take up arms, turn against, undermine
See also: battle, defect, defy, demagogue, disobey, fight, insurgent, malcontent, oppose, pariah, resist, secede, strike

REBEL. A citizen or subject who unjustly and unlawfully takes up arms against the constituted authorities of the nation, to deprive them of the supreme power, either by resisting their lawful and constitutional orders, in some particular matter, or to impose on them conditions. Vattel, Droit des Gens, liv. 3, Sec. 328. In another sense it signifies a refusal to obey a superior, or the commands of a court. Vide Commission of Rebellion.

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Of course they ain't never been under fire yet, and it ain't likely they'll lick the hull rebel army all-to-oncet the first time; but I think they'll fight better than some, if worse than others.
Now, were I a rebel," said Miss Joliffe, half aloud, "I might fancy that the ghosts of these ancient governors had been summoned to form the funeral procession of royal authority in New England.
Until the very last morning after Washington's troops had shown themselves on Nook's Hill, these unfortunate persons could not believe that the audacious rebels, as they called the Americans, would ever prevail against King George's army.
Bhurtee was relieved by Neill next day, but the rebels took me away with them in their retreat, and it was many a long year before ever I saw a white face again.
Friends of Cecil's," he repeated, "'and so really dee-sire- rebel.
Monsieur Colbert, we have passed all our lives in making rebels, and yet you see plainly, that so far from being taken, we take others.
We went out to meet the rebels at Shahgunge early in July, and we beat them back for a time, but our powder gave out, and we had to fall back upon the city.
If an she be a rebel, I suppose you intend to betray her up to the court.
But the principal argument for reposing the power of pardoning in this case to the Chief Magistrate is this: in seasons of insurrection or rebellion, there are often critical moments, when a welltimed offer of pardon to the insurgents or rebels may restore the tranquillity of the commonwealth; and which, if suffered to pass unimproved, it may never be possible afterwards to recall.
He carried a bunch of keys swung round his neck by a golden chain; his hands were thrust carelessly into his pockets, and he seemed to have no idea at all that the City was threatened by rebels.
And seldom had small boys more need of a friend, for the morning after the siege the storm burst upon the rebels in all its violence.
Bounderby, now blowing a gale, 'that there are a set of rascals and rebels whom transportation is too good for