re·​volt·​ing | \ ri-ˈvōl-tiŋ also -ˈvȯl- How to pronounce revolting (audio) \

Definition of revolting

: extremely offensive revolting behavior a revolting odor

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Other Words from revolting

revoltingly adverb

Examples of revolting in a Sentence

The bloody scenes in the movie were positively revolting. the revolting sight of animals being slaughtered for no good reason

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And the revolting kids’ ferocity has just the right measure of toughness and charm. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "The revolting children have comic bite in ‘Matilda the Musical’," 1 July 2019 As for the man who helped get rid of her, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, his post-White House moves just might be the most revolting. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Sarah Sanders Will Probably Become Governor Of Arkansas," 20 June 2019 In this telling of events, the American people didn’t fall in love with the revolting Red Delicious. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Horror Ahead if We Topple the King of Apples," 4 Oct. 2018 Iran’s risen and revolting cities are joining the protests, one after the other. Ben Evansky, Fox News, "Iran's widespread and growing protests push citizens to brink," 2 Aug. 2018 The history of the portrayal of lesbians and gay men in mainstream cinema is politically indefensible and aesthetically revolting. New York Times, "Gaysploitation Upends the Stereotypes That Make Us Wince," 1 June 2018 Cameron Britton, uncompromisingly revolting as serial killer Edmund Kemper on Netflix’s Mindhunters. Tom Gilatto,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 The taste may not be all that revolting (though this squeamish reporter would not know). New York Times, "A Story of Survival Revived by the Cicadas’ Loud (and Crunchy) Return," 22 June 2018 How could this man get away with such revolting behavior?, "Excerpts from Chessy Prout’s book: ‘I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope’," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of revolting

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revolting was in 1806

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English Language Learners Definition of revolting

: extremely unpleasant or offensive

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