What Is A ‘Rebel’ ?| One Contradiction After Another


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What is a rebel?

I found that upon searching for my answer to this question, It was not exactly what I was expecting.

Although, To be honest I don’t know what I had imagined it to be either. The first dictionary term that pulled up for me had me rethinking the name of my blog.

This was definitely not the impression I was aiming for. That created a problem for me. It conflicted with my whole purpose behind wanting to start a blog in the first place.

Dictionary Definition Of A Rebel


rebel [rebel] NOUN rebel (noun) · rebels (plural noun)

A person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler.


revolutionary · insurgent · revolutionist · mutineer · agitator · subversive · guerrilla · anarchist · terrorist · freedom fighter · resistance fighter 

A person who resists authority, control, or convention.


nonconformist · dissenter · dissident · iconoclast · maverick · disruptor · heretic · recusant · apostate · schismatic · bad boy

VERB (rebel) rebel (verb) · rebels (third person present) · rebelled (past tense) · rebelled (past participle) · rebelling (present participle)

Rise in opposition or armed resistance to an established government or ruler.


revolt · mutiny · riot · rise up · rise up in arms · take up arms · stage/mount a rebellion · take to the streets · defy the authorities · refuse to obey orders · be insubordinate (of a person) resist authority, control, or convention.


“respect did not prevent children from rebelling against their parents”


defy · disobey · refuse to obey · flout · kick against · challenge · oppose · resist · be at odds with · refuse to accept the authority of · repudiate · dissent · fly in the face of · kick over the traces.


obey · conform

Show or feel repugnance for or resistance to something.


“as I came over the hill my legs rebelled—I could walk no further

Definitions I Found On The Urban Dictionary

Source: Urban Dictionary: rebel

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2 Rebel A rebel is a person who stands up for what they think is right, or just their opinions, regardless of what anyone (often their authorities) think. It’s about not following the crowd and going through the everyday motions. They are usually outspoken and straightforward, meaning they don’t care what others think and will tell off anyone.

However, there are exceptions; some rebellion is just through passive-agressive actions (i.e., Ghandi). 

Rebels aren’t non-conformists such as those they would define as “Gothic” or “Emo;” If they don’t conform, it’s because they actually think conforming to the situation and not speaking out is morally wrong. Being rebellious isn’t something you do by choice, you’re born with it.

he founders of our country were all rebels in one way or another, and they defied Great Britain, and against all odds, won.

by Tigum April 24, 2011 URBAN DICTIONARY

3 rebel
Draws attention effortlessly
Wears her own style
Has a definite problem with rules and authorities
Stands up for her fam
Strong willed
Is in their own category

By teenrebelgirl October 22, 2016 URBAN DICTIONARY

4 rebel A person who does not conform to what others prefer. She was a true rebel, fighting for what she believed in.

By Just Jean July 10, 2005 URBAN DICTIONARY

5 Rebel Wanna know what a true rebel/non-conformist is?

It isn’t someone who rags on other cliques or openly does something stupid or rude to others. It isn’t someone who follows some popular choice of style. And it DEFINETELY isn’t one of those stereotypes from old fifties movies! It’s someone who can hardly stand out at all because they’re lost in the sea of cliques.

You simply cannot classify a rebel in any clique, because they follow their own dress code putting on and picking out what they think is cool and not wearing something because it seems punk or preppy. A rebel doesn’t do something because it’s hot for the moment or because it seems hardcore or something a rebel would wear.

As a matter of fact, most rebels don’t even know they are rebels.

They befriend whoever they like, listen to whatever they want to listen to, and behave in the manner they see fit. These people live their lives the way they want to and not the way everyone expects them to. They can be punk one day, preppy the next, and hip hop by the end of the week but they never conform to one thing (unless they just really like it).

In short, a rebel/non-conformist lives life the way they see fit without caring how others see them and what others think.

Think you’re a rebel?

Check out your wardrobe, your style of music, your friends and ask yourself, ” Do I really like this because I think it’s cool or because others think it suits me?”

“Do I really like this person or do I associate with them because others expect me to?”

Trust, true rebels are far in between and are often the most unlikely people you’ll ever think of.

By A_Trail_Of_Contradictions March 24, 2007 URBAN DICTIONARY


I feel like my reputation has been a little bit of both definition sources above. I have always been perceived as someone I had not wanted to be known as. It wasn’t what I was trying to do. I wanted to show the world how important it is to be the diff.

Though, I will say that my intentions and way of doing things naturally has been better defined by the urban dictionary. I love what I found on there. I truly almost changed my whole blog name because of the first definition I came across. Luckily, I decided to not stop there and to search other avenues in hopes to find the definition I felt was right. Before I even looked it up, I came up with my blog name on a whim. I suppose.

I hadn’t put much thought into it… I had gone with first came to mind based off of what my purpose is and the goal I have for my blog in the first place. I then decided to research this for its meaning after being about half way done on creating my site and having already purchased the domain name ( myrebeldiaries.com).

If that doesn’t say rebel already just by knowing the process in which I am taking in even creating this blog in the first place. I have done my own research and figured my own type of way to do a blog. I want it to be formal… in a sense. Then again I was born to stand out.

My layout on here is all done carefully and very well thought out. Each word and its place has meaning and purpose. If you actually have time to browse through myrebeldiaries.com

Anyways, thanks for listening. I really do appreciate it guys!

Until next time


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