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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rebellion  \Re*bel"lion\,  n.  [F.  r['e]bellion,  L.  rebellio.  See 
  {Rebel},  v.  t.  Among  the  Romans  rebellion  was  originally  a 
  revolt  or  open  resistance  to  their  government  by  nations  that 
  had  been  subdued  in  war.  It  was  a  renewed  war.] 
  1.  The  act  of  rebelling;  open  and  avowed  renunciation  of  the 
  authority  of  the  government  to  which  one  owes  obedience, 
  and  resistances  to  its  officers  and  laws,  either  by 
  levying  war,  or  by  aiding  others  to  do  so  an  organized 
  uprising  of  subjects  for  the  purpose  of  coercing  or 
  overthrowing  their  lawful  ruler  or  government  by  force; 
  revolt;  insurrection. 
  No  sooner  is  the  standard  of  rebellion  displayed 
  than  men  of  desperate  principles  resort  to  it 
  2.  Open  resistances  to  or  defiance  of  lawful  authority. 
  {Commission  of  rebellion}  (Eng.  Law),  a  process  of  contempt 
  on  the  nonappearance  of  a  defendant,  --  now  abolished. 
  --Wharton.  --Burrill. 
  Syn:  Insurrection;  sedition;  revolt;  mutiny;  resistance; 
  contumacy.  See  {Insurrection}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  refusal  to  accept  some  authority  or  code  or  convention; 
  "each  generation  must  have  its  own  rebellion";  "his  body 
  was  in  rebellion  against  fatigue" 
  2:  organized  opposition  to  authority;  a  conflict  in  which  one 
  faction  tries  to  wrest  control  from  another  [syn:  {insurrection}, 
  {revolt},  {rising},  {uprising}] 

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