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1. Prone to or participating in a rebellion: rebellious army officers. See Synonyms at insubordinate.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion: Rebellious activity has diminished in the province.
3. Characterized by or expressing resistance to or defiance of authority or convention: a rebellious teenager; a rebellious artistic movement.
4. Resistant to treatment or adjustment: "battled with characteristically rebellious plumbing" (Isabella Tree).

re·bel′lious·ly adv.
re·bel′lious·ness n.
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Adv.1.rebelliously - in a rebellious manner; "he rejected her words rebelliously"
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adv sayrebellisch, aufmüpfig; actrebellisch
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(ˈrebl) noun
1. a person who opposes or fights against people in authority, eg a government. The rebels killed many soldiers; (also adjective) rebel troops.
2. a person who does not accept the rules of normal behaviour etc. My son is a bit of a rebel.
(rəˈbel) verb past tense, past participle reˈbelled
to fight (against people in authority). The people rebelled against the dictator; Teenagers often rebel against their parents' way of life.
rebellion (rəˈbeljən) noun
1. an open or armed fight against a government etc.
2. a refusal to obey orders or to accept rules etc.
rebellious (rəˈbeljəs) adjective
rebelling or likely to rebel. rebellious troops/children.
reˈbelliously adverb
reˈbelliousness noun
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"It's a hard thing, to be a marble statue," he thought, rebelliously, "and I'm not going to stand it.
Twenty years of unwilling apprenticeship had been required to make my system rebelliously tolerant of alcohol, to make me, in the heart and the deeps of me, desirous of alcohol.
"It doesn't seem FAIR," said Anne rebelliously. "Babies are born and live where they are not wanted--where they will be neglected-- where they will have no chance.
"As long as you accept it rebelliously it can only cause you shame.
want!" she broke in rebelliously. "I am not quite a fool.
The recognition somehow deeply impressed me; it was as if something in my mind insisted rebelliously against will and reason on the importance of all this.
To adopt a child, because children of your own had been denied you, was to try and choose your lot in spite of Providence: the adopted child, she was convinced, would never turn out well, and would be a curse to those who had wilfully and rebelliously sought what it was clear that, for some high reason, they were better without.
In the present instance there was no escape, and having clashed her scissors rebelliously, while protesting that she smelled thunder, she gave in, put away her work, and taking up her hat and gloves with an air of resignation, told Amy the victim was ready.
He grunted rebelliously: "I can understand an Afghan stealing, because he's built that way.
Rapidly he subdued his rebelliously shaking nerves, so that by the time he reached the tenanted portion of the palace he had gained control of himself.
'Why that's the proper time for me to talk, isn't it?' said Joe rebelliously.
Occasionally, when there was some more than usually interesting inquest upon a parish child who had been overlooked in turning up a bedstead, or inadvertently scalded to death when there happened to be a washing--though the latter accident was very scarce, anything approaching to a washing being of rare occurance in the farm--the jury would take it into their heads to ask troublesome questions, or the parishioners would rebelliously affix their signatures to a remonstrance.