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 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

The Port Chicago disaster and the related mutiny trial of dozens of African American sailors were landmark World War II events that few know took place here in the Bay Area. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Port Chicago disaster: Unpublished photos of a World War II tragedy in Bay Area," 17 July 2019 Gallagher's attorney described the trial as a mutiny led by junior SEALs that did not like his clients demanding leadership style. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher found not guilty of murdering ISIS fighter," 2 July 2019 They were court-martialed en masse and convicted of mutiny, originally sentenced to prison terms of eight to 15 years. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Port Chicago disaster: Unpublished photos of a World War II tragedy in Bay Area," 17 July 2019 Bonds are tested as Billy is accused of a capital crime and working conditions worsen to a point where the ship’s sailors edge toward mutiny. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Review: A 1951 opera is making a comeback because it’s, you know, a little gay," 21 June 2019 Faced with plummeting approval ratings and mutiny from the state’s county clerks, who issue licenses, Mr. Spitzer rescinded his proposal less than two months later. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Progressives Vowed Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented. Then the Suburbs Spoke Up.," 16 June 2019 Offences relating to unlawful escape from custody; mutiny in prison. Mary Hui, Quartz, "These are all the crimes Hong Kong is considering extraditing people for under a new law," 7 June 2019 There are hints of mutiny—of America’s 35 European and Asian military allies, only three have so far agreed to ban Huawei. The Economist, "America is deploying a new economic arsenal to assert its power," 6 June 2019 That seemed to be the intent of Mr. Trump’s broadside on Ms. Merkel, who has faced a mutiny from her rebellious interior minister, Horst Seehofer, who wants Germany to tighten its borders drastically. New York Times, "As Europe’s Liberal Order Splinters, Trump Wields an Ax," 18 June 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 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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