mu·​ti·​nous | \ ˈmyü-tə-nəs How to pronounce mutinous (audio) , ˈmyüt-nəs \

Definition of mutinous

1a : disposed to or being in a state of mutiny : rebellious a mutinous crew
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
Recent Examples on the Web The upheaval, reportedly led by mutinous military leaders, follows months of anti-government mass protests and a rising insurgency from Islamist militants. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for August 19: Coronavirus, DNC, USPS, Russia, Mali," 19 Aug. 2020 Nam, meanwhile, gently pokes fun at K-pop conventions and calms a mutinous cast that threatens to rebel against his nonsensical rules. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Can’t get enough K-pop? Check out these 6 reality shows to feed your fandom," 28 Oct. 2020 Video showed people cheering as mutinous soldiers stormed Bamako on Tuesday and took Keïta, along with several of his top officers, into their custody. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Mali coup leader was trained by U.S. military, officers say," 21 Aug. 2020 The mutinous soldiers — who identified themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People — tried to calm concerns in an address on state broadcaster ORTM early Wednesday. Baba Ahmed And Carley Petesch,, "Mali coup leaders vow elections amid global condemnation from leaders fearing developments could set dangerous precedent," 19 Aug. 2020 President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation on state television late Tuesday, hours after he and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested by mutinous soldiers. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Why the Mali coup could worry Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron," 19 Aug. 2020 In March 2012 mutinous soldiers angry at the government’s handling of a rebellion in the north ousted the president, Amadou Toumani Touré. The Economist, "What next for Mali?," 19 Aug. 2020 AP Photo/Arouna Sissoko Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Aug.18 hours after he, the country’s prime minister Boubou Cissé and key cabinet members were detained by mutinous military officers. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "How Mali’s security crisis and corruption allegations brought the military back to power," 19 Aug. 2020 Some were mutinous sailors, and others may have been captured by pirates themselves. National Geographic, "Ahoy! It's the real pirates of the Caribbean—and the Carolinas," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of mutinous

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 Jan 2021

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“Mutinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce mutinous (audio) \

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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