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 for rebel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebel \Re*bel"\ (r[-e]*b[e^]l"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rebelled
     (r[-e]*b[e^]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rebelling.] [F. rebeller,
     fr. L. rebellare to make war again; pref. re- again + bellare
     to make war, fr. bellum war. See Bellicose, and cf. Revel
     to carouse.]
     1. To renounce, and resist by force, the authority of the
        ruler or government to which one owes obedience. See
        Rebellion.
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              The murmur and the churls' rebelling. --Chaucer.
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              Ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel
              this day against the Lord.            --Josh. xxii.
                                                    16.
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     2. To be disobedient to authority; to assume a hostile or
        insubordinate attitude; to revolt.
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              How could my hand rebel against my heart?
              How could your heart rebel against your reason?
                                                    --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebel \Reb"el\ (r[e^]b"[e^]l), a. [F. rebelle, fr. L. rebellis.
     See Rebel, v. i.]
     Pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt;
     rebellious; as, rebel troops.
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           Whoso be rebel to my judgment.           --Chaucer.
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           Convict by flight, and rebel to all law. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebel \Reb"el\, n. [F. rebelle.]
     One who rebels.
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     Syn: Revolter; insurgent.
  
     Usage: Rebel, Insurgent. Insurgent marks an early, and
            rebel a more advanced, stage of opposition to
            government. The former rises up against his rulers,
            the latter makes war upon them.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Rebel
      n 1: `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers
           by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War;
           `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms
           [syn: Rebel, Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, greyback]
      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, rebel]
      3: someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
         [syn: maverick, rebel]
      v 1: take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
           [syn: rebel, arise, rise, rise up]
      2: break with established customs [syn: rebel, renegade]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  138 Moby Thesaurus words for "rebel":
     Bolshevik, Bolshevist, Bolshie, Carbonarist, Carbonaro, Castroist,
     Castroite, Charley, Communist, Cong, Fenian, Guevarist, Jacobin,
     Leninist, Maoist, Marxist, Mau-Mau, Puritan, Red, Red Republican,
     Roundhead, Sinn Feiner, Trotskyist, Trotskyite, VC, Vietcong,
     Yankee, Yankee Doodle, adversary, agitator, anarch, anarchist,
     anarcho-syndicalist, antagonist, antinomian, apostate, arise,
     assailant, attacker, bellyacher, bonnet rouge, brawler, breakaway,
     challenge, complainant, complainer, crab, crank,
     criminal syndicalist, croaker, dare, debunker, defy, disobey,
     dissent, dissenter, extreme, extremist, extremistic, factious,
     faultfinder, flout, frondeur, griper, grouch, grouser, growler,
     grumbler, heretic, iconoclast, insubordinate, insurge, insurgent,
     insurrect, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, insurrecto, kicker,
     kvetch, malcontent, maverick, mount the barricades, murmurer,
     mutineer, mutineering, mutinous, mutiny, mutterer, nihilist,
     nonconformist, opponent, overthrow, querulous person, radical,
     reactionary, reactionist, rebellious, recusant, red, reluct,
     reluctate, resistance fighter, resister, revolt, revolter,
     revolute, revolution, revolutional, revolutionary,
     revolutionary junta, revolutioner, revolutionist, revolutionize,
     revolutionizer, riot, rioter, riotous, rise, rise against, rise up,
     run riot, sans-culotte, sans-culottist, schismatic, seditionary,
     seditious, sorehead, strike, subversive, subvert, syndicalist,
     terrorist, traitor, traitorous, treasonable, turbulent, ultraist,
     whiner
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  REBEL, n.  A proponent of a new misrule who has failed to establish
  it.
  

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