re·​volt·​ing ri-ˈvōl-tiŋ How to pronounce revolting (audio)
 also  -ˈvȯl-
: extremely offensive
revolting behavior
a revolting odor
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
Recent Examples on the Web How does this happen, no matter how revolting or nonsensical the trend can be? Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2022 These highly emotional sequences are less riveting and more revolting as they’re primarily used to add shock value, graphically depicting their triggering subject matter. Courtney Howard, Variety, 6 Oct. 2022 The hundreds of true-crime podcasts are even more revolting. Aron Ravin, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 If in future years the sport is slightly more sanitary and dugouts less revolting after games, great. Susan Slusser,, 20 May 2020 There is just a lot of spitting; a dugout after a game is truly revolting. Susan Slusser,, 1 Apr. 2020 The moldy Whopper may look revolting, but Restaurant Brands International (QSR), which owns Burger King, is betting customers are craving healthier, organic ingredients. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, 19 Feb. 2020 More of a study in anthropology than anything else, this eccentric museum displays some of the most revolting, cringeworthy food and drink from cultures around the world. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2020 Wade Miley’s revolting end to the regular season only simplified the decision. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2019

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Word History


from present participle of revolt entry 1

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revolting was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Revolting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: very offensive : disgusting
revoltingly adverb

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