mutiny

noun
mu·ti·ny | \ˈmyü-tə-nē, ˈmyüt-nē\
plural mutinies

Definition of mutiny 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : tumult, strife

2 : forcible or passive resistance to lawful authority especially : concerted (see concerted sense 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

verb
mutinied; mutinying

Definition of mutiny (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rise against or refuse to obey or observe authority He mutinied not just against God but against the older generation of Romanian intellectuals.— Will Blythe specifically, of soldiers, sailors, etc. : to rebel against military authority : to stage a mutiny Months wore on, and about half of [Christopher] Columbus's men mutinied and tried to sail by canoe to Hispaniola. — Owen Gingerich In April 1779 a draft of sixty men from the 71st Highlanders mutinied when they were told they were to go to America and refused to march aboard the transports. — Christopher Hibbert

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Noun

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

Examples of mutiny in a Sentence

Noun

The mutiny was led by the ship's cook. The sailors staged a mutiny and took control of the ship.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ivory Coast’s army has been placed on alert on concern that some troops may restart mutinies that paralyzed major cities in the world’s biggest cocoa producer last year. Baudelaire Mieu, Bloomberg.com, "Ivory Coast’s Army Fears More Mutinies Over Bonus Dispute," 4 May 2018 Argentina's Jorge Sampaoli reportedly faced a mutiny. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 But the Bavarian mutiny has already left its mark in conservative circles north of the border, increasingly divided themselves and watching closely whether the Bavarian strategy works. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Bavaria: Affluent, Picturesque — and Angry," 30 June 2018 Harbor looked like a potential successor for Bowden, but Bowden couldn’t forgive the mutiny. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Which of the SEC's New Coordinators Will Have the Biggest Impact?," 28 Feb. 2018 There was the 2010 mutiny against coach Raymond Domenech sparked by the team’s dismissal of Nicolas Anelka. Brian Straus, SI.com, "France Keeps Growing Into a World Cup It's Talented Enough to Win," 26 June 2018 There probably would be a fan mutiny if the Ravens select a defensive player first. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "As draft nears, Ozzie Newsome and Ravens front office prepared to answer myriad questions," 23 Apr. 2018 Doctors couldn’t unearth some underlying cause for the muscle tightness, and could find no relation to the mutiny in her gut. Eric Boodman, STAT, "It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them," 19 June 2018 Last year’s mutinies have shown that despite its relative calm and roaring economy, Ivory Coast remains vulnerable to unrest and Ouattara’s hold over the army is tenuous. Baudelaire Mieu, Bloomberg.com, "Ivory Coast’s Army Fears More Mutinies Over Bonus Dispute," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of mutiny

Noun

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mutiny

Noun

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

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mutiny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mutiny

: 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

noun
mu·ti·ny | \ˈmyü-tə-nē \
plural mutinies

Kids Definition of mutiny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : refusal to obey those in charge

mutiny

verb
mutinied; mutinying

Kids Definition of mutiny (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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