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

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

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
MUTINY Defined for Kids


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

Definition of MUTINY for Kids

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



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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