(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Refusal to obey
1. disobedience, insubordination, contumacy; infraction, infringement; naughtiness; violation, noncompliance; recusancy; nonobservance. Slang, behavishness, orneriness. See unconformity.
2. revolt, rebellion, outbreak, breakaway; rising, uprising (see revolution); insurrection; civil disobedience, nonviolence, sit-down strike, sit-in, sickout; [wildcat] strike, job action, resistance; defiance; mutiny, mutinousness, mutineering; sedition, lese majesty. Informal, walkout, blue flu. See illegality.
3. insurgent, mutineer, rebel, revolter, rioter, insurgent, seceder, runagate, brat, brawler.
Verbs — disobey, violate, infringe; defy; riot, run riot, run amuck, fly in the face of; take the law into one's own hands; kick over the traces; strike, resist (see opposition); revolt, secede; mutiny, rebel; turn restive, champ at the bit, strain at the leash, step out of line. Informal, walk out.
Adjectives — disobedient, uncomplying, uncompliant, unsubmissive, naughty, out of line, unruly, restive, ungovernable, insubordinate, refractory, contumacious, recalcitrant; resisting (see opposition); lawless, mutinous, seditious, insurgent, riotous, rebellious, defiant. Slang, behavish, ornery.
Quotations — Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers (Lewis Mumford).
Antonyms, see obedience.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. insubordination, defiance, insurgence, disregard, violation, noncompliance, lack of obedience, rebelliousness, mutiny, revolt, nonobservance, strike, infringement, transgression, waywardness, naughtiness, stubbornness, refractoriness, recalcitrance, infraction, insubmission, intractableness, unruliness, dereliction, sedition, rebellion, sabotage, riot; see also revolution 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
rebellion, noncompliance, defiance, insubordination, transgression, revolt, recalcitrance, contumacy, insubmission. ''The rarest and the most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and most common of the vices.''—George Bernard Shaw.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The condition or practice of not obeying: insubordination, noncompliance. See RESIST.

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