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 for rebellion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebellion \Re*bel"lion\ (r[-e]*b[e^]l"y[u^]n), n. [F.
     r['e]bellion, L. rebellio. See Rebel, v. i. 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 resistance 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;
        [1913 Webster]
              No sooner is the standard of rebellion displayed
              than men of desperate principles resort to it.
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     2. Open resistance to, or defiance of, lawful authority.
        [1913 Webster]
     Commission of rebellion (Eng. Law), a process of contempt
        issued on the nonappearance of a defendant, -- now
        abolished. --Wharton. --Burrill.
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     Syn: Insurrection; sedition; revolt; mutiny; resistance;
          contumacy. See Insurrection.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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:
         rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "rebellion":
     anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism, anarchy, antinomianism, chaos,
     civil disorder, confusion, contumacy, criminal syndicalism,
     defiance, disobedience, disorder, disorderliness, disorganization,
     disruption, emeute, general uprising, insubordination, insurgence,
     insurgency, insurrection, jacquerie, levee en masse, lynch law,
     misrule, mob law, mob rule, mobocracy, mutiny, nihilism,
     ochlocracy, outbreak, peasant revolt, primal chaos, putsch,
     rebelliousness, resistance, revolt, revolution, riot, rising,
     syndicalism, tohubohu, turmoil, unruliness, uprising

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REBELLION, crim. law. The taking up arms traitorously against the government 
  and in another, and perhaps a more correct sense, rebellion signifies the 
  forcible opposition and resistance to the laws and process lawfully issued. 
       2. If the rebellion amount to treason, it is punished by the laws of 
  the United States with death. If it be a mere resistance of process, it is 
  generally punished by fine and imprisonment. See Dalloz, Dict. h.t.; Code 
  Penal, 209. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REBELLION, COMMISSION OF. A commission of rebellion is the name of a writ 
  issuing out of chancery to compel the defendant to appear. Vide Commission 
  of Rebellion. 

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