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on Mar 11th 2002, 01:43:10, Jean-Claude Choul wrote the following about

rebellion

Rebellion, as most words in any language, is polysemic, that is, it will convey one or more meanings according to the actual verbal context and/or the situational context. A basic dictionary usually refers to 1) the refusal to obey a de jure or de facto authority, 2) a group of rebels. But the corresponding verb »to rebel« also means »to protest«. As in any semantic study, contradictions are apparent: when you rebel in the first sense, you seem to disobey a »legitimate« or established authority, whether a person or a government. So rebellion extends from a non docile attitude to insurgency, through resistance and revolt.


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