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Synonyms of 'rebel'

(noun) 
Definition
a person who rebels
fighting between rebels and government forces
Synonyms
revolutionary
The revolutionaries laid down their arms.
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resistance fighter
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insurgent
The insurgents took control of the main military air base.
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secessionist
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mutineer
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insurrectionary
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revolutionist
(noun) 
Definition
a person who rejects accepted conventions of behaviour
She had been a rebel at school.
Synonyms
nonconformist
Hoover's task was to collect information on radicals and nonconformists.
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dissident
political dissidents
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maverick
He was too much of a maverick to hold high office.
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dissenter
They do not tolerate dissenters in their ranks.
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heretic
He was considered a heretic and was ridiculed for his ideas.
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apostate
He was an early apostate, leaving the party last year.
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(verb) 
Definition
to fight against the ruling power
Poverty-stricken citizens could rise up and rebel.
Synonyms
revolt
The townspeople revolted.
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rise up
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mutiny
Units around the city mutinied after receiving no pay.
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take to the streets
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take up arms
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man the barricades
(verb) 
Definition
to reject accepted conventions of behaviour
The child who rebels against his parents is unlikely to be overlooked.
Synonyms
defy
This was the first time that I had dared to defy her.
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disobey
He disobeyed his parents so much when he was a child.
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come out against
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refuse to obey
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dig your heels in (informal)
(verb) 
His free spirit rebelled at this demand.
Synonyms
recoil
People used to recoil from the idea of getting into debt.
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shy away
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flinch
The slightest pressure made her flinch.
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show repugnance
(modifier) 
Definition
rebelling
Many soldiers in this rebel platoon joined as teenagers.
Synonyms

Quotations

What is a rebel? A man who says no [Albert CamusThe Rebel]
To be a rebel is not to be a revolutionary. It is more often but a way of spinning one's wheels deeper in the sand [Kate MillettSexual Politics]No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat [Lawrence DurrellBalthazar]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of apostate
Definition
a person who has abandoned his or her religion, political party, or cause
He was an early apostate, leaving the party last year.
Synonyms
in the sense of disobey
Definition
to neglect or refuse to obey (a person or an order)
He disobeyed his parents so much when he was a child.
Synonyms
refuse to obey,
dig your heels in (informal),
go counter to
in the sense of dissenter
They do not tolerate dissenters in their ranks.
Synonyms
objector,
protestant,

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