Synonyms & Antonyms of revolt

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open fighting against authority (as one's own government)
  • soon the revolt had spread to every corner of the country

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Synonyms & Antonyms of revolt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause to feel disgust
  • the jury appeared to be revolted by the grisly details of the murder

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2 to rise up against established authority
  • the students practically revolted when the school cancelled the championship football game

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How does the noun revolt differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of revolt are insurrection, mutiny, rebellion, revolution, and uprising. While all these words mean "an outbreak against authority," 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

When is it sensible to use mutiny instead of revolt?

The meanings of mutiny and revolt largely overlap; however, mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority.

a mutiny led by the ship's cook

When could rebellion be used to replace revolt?

While in some cases nearly identical to revolt, rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful.

open rebellion against the officers

When can revolution be used instead of revolt?

Although the words revolution and revolt have much in common, revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government).

a political revolution that toppled the monarchy

When might uprising be a better fit than revolt?

The synonyms uprising and revolt are sometimes interchangeable, but uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion.

quickly put down the uprising

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The first known use of revolt was in 1539

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“Revolt.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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