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rebel

noun [C]  us   /ˈreb·əl/
a person who refuses to accept the government’s power and uses force to oppose it, or a person who opposes authority and thinks or behaves differently: The government tried to set up talks with the rebels. Though he dressed unusually, he never meant to be a rebel. US history Soldiers fighting for the southern states in the American Civil War were called rebels.
rebel
verb [I]  us   /rəˈbel/ (-ll-)
Children often rebel against being forced to eat certain foods.
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