One entry found for rebellion.
Main Entry: re·bel·lion
Pronunciation: ri-primarystressbel-yschwan
Function: noun
1 : open opposition to authority
2 : open fighting against authority (as one's government)
synonyms REBELLION, REVOLUTION, UPRISING, MUTINY mean an outbreak against authority. REBELLION suggests an outbreak that is serious and widespread but often does not succeed <the rebellion lasted a year before the government put it down>. REVOLUTION applies to a successful rebellion that ends in a major change (as of government) <the American revolution brought about the creation of a new country>. UPRISING suggests a rebellion that quickly fails <uprisings on the frontier>. MUTINY applies to an outbreak against authority at sea <the sailors planned a mutiny>.


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