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  1. [noun] `johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `grayback' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms
    Synonyms: Rebel, Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, grayback

  2. [noun] a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
    Synonyms: insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter

  3. [noun] someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    Synonyms: maverick

  4. [verb] take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
    Synonyms: arise, rise, rise up

  5. [verb] break with established customs
    Synonyms: renegade

  6. [adjective] used by northerners of Confederate soldiers; "the rebel yell"

  7. [adjective] participating in organized resistance to a constituted government; "the rebelling confederacy"
    Synonyms: ling, lious


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