mu·​ti·​nous | \ˈmyü-tə-nəs, ˈmyüt-nəs\

Definition of mutinous 

1a : disposed to or being in a state of mutiny : rebellious a mutinous crew

b : turbulent, unruly

2 : of, relating to, or constituting mutiny mutinous threats

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Other Words from mutinous

mutinously adverb
mutinousness noun

Examples of mutinous in a Sentence

vowed that he would someday see the mutinous crew hang

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Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising by Tuaregs prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the president of a decade. Fox News, "France proposes sanctions against Mali peace deal spoilers," 30 Aug. 2018 Artemis has grounded Agamemnon’s naval war party on its way to Troy, and a mutinous crew is ready to kill his family, leaving the king agonizing over an impossible choice: killing his child, or seeing his family killed. Gary Thompson,, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 2018 But so many others are possessed of a dreadful, unremarked upon sameness, and an unremitting nobility that can leave this reader feeling a bit mutinous. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye," 26 June 2018 This is clear in Musk’s recent reaction to another mutinous employee within Tesla’s ranks. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk’s Long Obsession With Sabotage," 19 June 2018 The English got close in Hudson Bay, before its namesake was left to die in a dinghy by his mutinous crew. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "The Best New Books About Epic Expeditions," 19 Apr. 2018 Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the country’s president. Washington Post, "AP Interview: UN food agency boss warns of migrant crisis," 26 Mar. 2018 The government also had to bow to the pay demands of mutinous soldiers and striking government workers., "IMF Says Ivory Coast Must Improve Tax System to Keep Growth," 9 Mar. 2018 Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the country’s president of a decade. Washington Post, "UN experts warn of intensified terrorist threats in Sahel," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mutinous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of mutinous was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of mutinous

: involved in a mutiny

: feeling or showing a desire not to do what someone has told or ordered you to do


mu·​ti·​nous | \ˈmyü-tə-nəs \

Kids Definition of mutinous

1 : involved in turning against a person in charge (as the captain of a ship) a mutinous crew

2 : feeling or showing a desire to disobey There was a great deal of mutinous muttering around the room …— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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