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revolt

verb re·volt \ ri-ˈvōlt also -ˈvȯlt \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of revolt

intransitive verb
1 : to renounce allegiance or subjection (as to a government) : rebel
2 a : to experience disgust or shock
b : to turn away with disgust
transitive verb
: to cause to turn away or shrink with disgust or abhorrence

revolter

noun

Examples of revolt in a Sentence

  1. The group threatened to revolt.

  2. All the violence revolted me.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of revolt

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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revolt

noun

Definition of revolt

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

Examples of revolt in a Sentence

  1. the revolt of the slaves

  2. The peasants' revolt was crushed by the king.

  3. The leader of the group called for revolt.

  4. Consumers are in revolt against high prices.

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First Known Use of revolt

1560

Synonym Discussion of revolt

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


REVOLT Defined for English Language Learners

revolt

verb

Definition of revolt for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of revolt for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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revolt

verb re·volt \ ri-ˈvōlt \

Definition of revolt for Students

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

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revolt

noun

Definition of revolt for Students

: violent action against a ruler or government : rebellion


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