mutiny

noun
mu·​ti·​ny | \ ˈmyü-tə-nē How to pronounce mutiny (audio) , ˈmyüt-nē \
plural mutinies

Definition of mutiny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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.
2 obsolete : tumult, strife

mutiny

verb
mutinied; mutinying; mutinies

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

Choose the Right Synonym for mutiny

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 And much like leaders of the Buffalo County GOP in late March, leaders of the state party faced a mutiny. Beth Reinhard And Emma Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 Daemon and Corlys look set to lose the war, and even Corlys' own brother starts fomenting a mutiny. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 4 Sep. 2022 The foursome must navigate the cutthroat nature of this universe and find a way back before their secret is exposed — all while surviving a mutiny to overthrow this reality's Kirk. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2022 And much like leaders of the Buffalo County GOP in late March, leaders of the state party faced a mutiny. Beth Reinhard And Emma Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 And much like leaders of the Buffalo County GOP in late March, leaders of the state party faced a mutiny. Emma Brown, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 Some Democrats have turned from musing to open mutiny, urging the septuagenarian president to stand aside for the perceived good of his party, as well as the country, and make way for someone younger and more vigorous. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 Fearing mutiny in response to stringent RTO policies, some companies are attempting to lure workers back to the office, refashioning seas of cubicles into hybrid spaces with areas to meet, exercise, and meditate. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 7 June 2022 The rum was portioned out to sailors to keep them happy and mutiny-adverse, and Black Tot founder Sukhinder Singh was lucky enough to obtain the last flagons of liquid. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mutiny

Noun

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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28 Sep 2022

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“Mutiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutiny. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for mutiny

mutiny

noun
mu·​ti·​ny | \ ˈmyü-tə-nē How to pronounce mutiny (audio) \
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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