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mutiny

noun mu·ti·ny \ ˈmyü-tə-nē , ˈmyüt-nē \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of mutiny

plural mutinies
1 obsolete : tumult, strife
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.

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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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

mutiny

verb

Definition of mutiny

mutinied; mutinying
: 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

First Known Use of mutiny

1584

in the meaning defined above

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MUTINY Defined for English Language Learners

mutiny

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

noun mu·ti·ny \ ˈmyü-tə-nē \

Definition of mutiny for Students

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

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mutiny

verb

Definition of mutiny for Students

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


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