Definition for REB'EL

REB'EL, n. [Fr. rebelle, from L. rebellis, making war again.]

  1. One who revolts from the government to which he owes allegiance, either by openly renouncing the authority of that government, or by taking arms and openly opposing it. A rebel differs from an enemy, as the latter is one who does not owe allegiance to the government which he attacks. – Num. xvii.
  2. One who willfully violates a law. – Encyc.
  3. One who disobeys the king's proclamation; a contemner of the king's laws. – British Laws. Blackstone.
  4. A villain who disobeys his lord. – Encyc.

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