revolt

verb
re·​volt | \ ri-ˈvōlt also -ˈvȯlt How to pronounce revolt (audio) \
revolted; revolting; revolts

Definition of revolt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to renounce allegiance or subjection (as to a government) : rebel
2a : to experience disgust or shock
b : to turn away with disgust

transitive verb

: to cause to turn away or shrink with disgust or abhorrence

revolt

noun

Definition of revolt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a renouncing of allegiance (as to a government or party) especially : a determined armed uprising
2 : a movement or expression of vigorous dissent

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Other Words from revolt

Verb

revolter noun

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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

Revolution and Revolt

Revolution and revolt have a shared origin, both ultimately going back to the Latin revolvere “to revolve, roll back.” When revolution first appeared in English in the 14th century, it referred to the movement of a celestial body in orbit; that sense was extended to “a progressive motion of a body around an axis,” “completion of a course,” and other senses suggesting regularity of motion or a predictable return to an original position. At virtually the same time, the word developed a sharply different meaning, namely, ”a sudden radical, or complete change,” apparently from the idea of reversal of direction implicit in the Latin verb. Revolt , which initially meant “to renounce allegiance,” grew from the same idea of “rolling back,” in this case from a prior bond of loyalty.

Examples of revolt in a Sentence

Verb The group threatened to revolt. All the violence revolted me. Noun the revolt of the slaves The peasants' revolt was crushed by the king. The leader of the group called for revolt. Consumers are in revolt against high prices.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only in Tunisia -- the first country to revolt -- did an uprising lead to a new democratic transition. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "A decade of protests has reshaped the Arab world -- and more change is on the way," 30 Dec. 2019 Everywhere from Arizona to California to Colorado, teachers have been forced to take to the streets to revolt against stagnant postrecession wages set by state budgets. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Decade When Republicans Stole the States," 24 Dec. 2019 Plenty of teams play in cities where fans revolt or lose interest when their team dips below .500. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "As Detroit Lions show grit and spirit, the Green Bay Packers show them how to win (again)," 29 Dec. 2019 Doing business with China is one thing, but for the NBA to kowtow to the demands of one of the world’s most brutal regimes in the pursuit of profit is, frankly, revolting. Fox News, "Senator calls on NBA to cancel games in China amid growing controversy," 7 Oct. 2019 The Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south revolted, and Saddam responded with a brutal crackdown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For Kurds, US pull-back feels like being abandoned once more," 7 Oct. 2019 The Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south revolted, and Saddam responded with a brutal crackdown. Bassem Mroue, The Denver Post, "Explainer: For Kurds, U.S. pull-back feels like being abandoned once more," 7 Oct. 2019 Eventually, Jewish priest Mattahias, his son Judah Maccabee, and their army (creatively called The Maccabees) revolted, ultimately forcing Antiochus IV out of Judea. Emma Marticke, CNN, "Your burning Hanukkah questions, answered," 22 Dec. 2019 These people revolt against their Earthly overlords in favor of loose self-rule. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "Forget Earth: In Space, Libertarian Ideas Are Thriving," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In historical terms, the rise of Trump is no Jacksonian revolt, at least not in the actual sense of the word. Daniel Gullota, National Review, "Donald Trump Is No Andrew Jackson," 10 Feb. 2020 But committing to deliver value to all is to undertake a journey fraught with potential for employee revolt, expropriation, litigation, and disinvestment. Alison Taylor, Quartz at Work, "2020 will be the year when corporate activism and global political risk converge," 5 Feb. 2020 Tacky was a former military leader from the Gold Coast, and Brown argues that his revolt was one phase of a larger plot that spanned the island and reverberated across the region. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 6 Jan. 2020 The verdict came a year after Sudanese protesters first began their revolt against al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule. BostonGlobe.com, "Al-Bashir has been in custody since April, when Sudan’s military stepped in and removed him from power after months of nationwide protests. The uprising eventually forced the military into a power-sharing agreement with civilians.," 15 Dec. 2019 The verdict came a year after Sudanese protesters first began their revolt against al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule. Nadir Ahmed And Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, "Ex-Sudan President al-Bashir gets two years for money laundering, corruption," 14 Dec. 2019 The verdict came a year after Sudanese protesters first began their revolt against al-Bashir’s three-decade authoritarian rule. Washington Post, "Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption," 14 Dec. 2019 The verdict comes a year after Sudanese protesters launched their revolt against al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule. NBC News, "Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption," 14 Dec. 2019 The theory was that occasionally knocking flat a charismatic brute discouraged all others like him from trying to emulate his revolt and upend the international order. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of revolt

Verb

1539, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revolt

Verb

Middle French revolter, from Old Italian rivoltare to overthrow, from Vulgar Latin *revolvitare, frequentative of Latin revolvere to revolve, roll back

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The first known use of revolt was in 1539

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“Revolt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revolted. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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revolt

verb
How to pronounce revolt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of revolt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fight in a violent way against the rule of a leader or government
: to act in a way that shows that you do not accept the control or influence of someone or something
: to cause (someone) to feel disgust or shock

revolt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revolt (Entry 2 of 2)

: violent action against a ruler or government
: something which shows that you will not accept something or will not agree to be controlled or influenced by someone or something

revolt

verb
re·​volt | \ ri-ˈvōlt How to pronounce revolt (audio) \
revolted; revolting

Kids Definition of revolt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to rebel against a ruler or government
2 : to be or cause to be disgusted or shocked I was revolted by the smell.

revolt

noun

Kids Definition of revolt (Entry 2 of 2)

: violent action against a ruler or government : rebellion

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