noun \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

obsolete :  tumult, strife
:  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

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any concerted resistance to lawful military authority. Mutiny was formerly regarded as a most serious offense, especially aboard ships at sea. Wide disciplinary powers were given the commanding officer, including the power to inflict capital punishment without a court-martial. With the development of radio communications, the threat diminished and harsh punishment was prohibited in the absence of a court-martial.


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