What is rebellion?

  • (noun): Organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another.
    Synonyms: insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising
    See also — Additional definitions below


Rebellion, uprising, or insurrection is a refusal of obedience or order. It may, therefore, be seen as encompassing a range of behaviors aimed at destroying or replacing an established authority such as a government or a head of state. On the one hand the forms of behaviour can include non-violent methods such as the (overlapping but not quite identical) phenomena of civil disobedience, civil resistance and nonviolent resistance. On the other hand it may encompass violent campaigns. Those who participate in rebellions, especially if they are armed rebellions, are known as "rebels".

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Some articles on rebellion:

Ding Ruchang - Early Life
... He joined the Taiping Rebellion in 1854, but he later surrendered with Cheng Xuechi in the Battle of Anqing in 1861, and defected to the imperial cause ... He joined Li Hongzhang’s Huai Army as a cavalryman to help suppress the Taiping Rebellion, serving with Liu Mingchuan ... was active in helping suppress the Nien Rebellion, and was awarded with the equivalent in rank to colonel ...
Irish Catholic Martyrs - Causes
... In Ireland the First Desmond Rebellion was launched in 1569, at almost the same time as the Northern Rebellion in England ... the Wexford Martyrs at the time of the Second Desmond Rebellion (1579–83) was held as much for political as religious reasons, given the part played by ... During the Irish Rebellion of 1641 most of the Irish Catholic hierarchy proclaimed a Holy War at Kells, County Meath on 22 March 1642, giving a religious aspect to the ...
Types of Rebellion
... An armed but limited rebellion is an insurrection, and if the established government does not recognize the rebels as belligerents then they are insurgents and the revolt is an insurgency ... or head of state, and in these cases could be considered a form of rebellion ... a number of terms that are associated with rebel and rebellion ...
Falkes De Breauté - Rebellion
... The failure of de Breauté and his allies gave the advantage to de Burgh, who in February 1224 ordered de Breauté to give up Plympton and Bedford castles, rejecting his claim that Plympton Castle was part of his wife's inheritance ... De Breauté refused to give the castles up, and in response the royal court sent justices to his land with a fake charge of Breach of the Peace ...
Nalgonda District's Place in Telangana Rebellion History
... It has a major role in the Telangana Rebellion ... The district's (peoples) part in the rebellion is even immortalized in the poetry of the Movement which were popular then ...

More definitions of "rebellion":

  • (noun): Refusal to accept some authority or code or convention.
    Example: "Each generation must have its own rebellion"; "his body was in rebellion against fatigue"

Famous quotes containing the word rebellion:

    The one point on which all women are in furious secret rebellion against the existing law is the saddling of the right to a child with the obligation to become the servant of a man.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    The rebellion is against time pollution, the feeling that the essence of what makes life worth living—the small moments, the special family getaways, the cookies in the oven, the weekend drives, the long dreamlike summers Mso much of this has been taken from us, or we have given it up. For what? Hitachi stereos? Club Med? Company cars? Racquetball? For fifteen-hour days and lousy day care?
    Richard Louv (20th century)

    O make me a mask and a wall to shut from your spies
    Of the sharp, enamelled eyes and the spectacled claws
    Rape and rebellion in the nurseries of my face....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)