mutiny

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noun mu·ti·ny \ˈmyü-tə-nē, ˈmyüt-nē\

Definition of mutiny

plural

mutinies

  1. 1 obsolete :  tumult, strife

  2. 2 :  forcible or passive resistance to lawful authority; especially :  concerted (see concerted 1) revolt (as of a naval crew) against discipline or a superior officer <The sailors staged a mutiny and took control of the ship.>

mutiny

intransitive verb

Examples of mutiny in a sentence

  1. The mutiny was led by the ship's cook.

  2. The sailors staged a mutiny and took control of the ship.

Origin and Etymology of mutiny

mutine to rebel, from Medieval 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


MUTINY Defined for English Language Learners

mutiny

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noun mu·ti·ny \ˈmyü-tə-nē, ˈmyüt-nē\

Definition of mutiny for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MUTINY Defined for Kids

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mutiny

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noun mu·ti·ny \ˈmyü-tə-nē\

Definition of mutiny for Students

plural

mutinies

  1. 1 :  a turning of a group (as of sailors) against a person in charge

  2. 2 :  refusal to obey those in charge


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mutiny

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verb mu·ti·ny

Definition of mutiny for Students

mutinied

mutinying

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



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