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Topic: GROUPINGS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: rebel 'rebellious' (13-21 centuries), from Old French rebelle, from Latin, from bellum 'war'

rebel

1 noun
     
reb‧el1 [countable]
1PPG someone who opposes or fights against people in authority:
Anti-government rebels attacked the town.
the rebel leader
2 someone who refuses to do things in the normal way, or in the way that other people want them to:
Alex has always been a bit of a rebel.
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