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mutiny

noun mu·ti·ny \ˈmyü-tə-nē, ˈmyüt-nē\

: a situation in which a group of people (such as sailors or soldiers) refuse to obey orders and try to take control away from the person who commands them

plural mu·ti·nies

Full Definition of MUTINY

1
obsolete :  tumult, strife
2
:  forcible or passive resistance to lawful authority; especially :  concerted revolt (as of a naval crew) against discipline or a superior officer
mutiny intransitive verb

Examples of MUTINY

  1. The mutiny was led by the ship's cook.
  2. The sailors staged a mutiny and took control of the ship.

Origin of MUTINY

mutine to rebel, from Middle French (se) mutiner, from mutin mutinous, from meute revolt, from Vulgar Latin *movita, from feminine of movitus, alteration of Latin motus, past participle of movēre to move
First Known Use: 1540

Synonym Discussion of MUTINY

rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful <open rebellion against the officers>. revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government) <a political revolution that toppled the monarchy>. uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion <quickly put down the uprising>. revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds <a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders> <an insurrection of oppressed laborers>. mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority <a mutiny led by the ship's cook>.

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
MUTINIES Defined for Kids

1mutiny

noun mu·ti·ny \ˈmyü-tə-nē\
plural mu·ti·nies

Definition of MUTINY for Kids

1
:  a turning of a group (as of sailors) against a person in charge
2
:  refusal to obey those in charge

2mutiny

verb
mu·ti·niedmu·ti·ny·ing

Definition of MUTINY for Kids

:  to try to take control away from a person in charge <The sailors were preparing to mutiny.>

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