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revolution

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of revolution

  1. 1 a rapid turning about on an axis or central point revved the engine to 3000 revolutions per minute Synonyms of revolution gyration, pirouette, reel, spin, roll, rotation, twirl, wheel, whirlWords Related to revolution circuit, circulation, ring, round; coil, curl, curve, spiral, twist, whorl; circle, orbit; eddy, swirl

  2. 2 open fighting against authority (as one's own government) the revolution by which the American colonies gained their independence from Great Britain necessitated going up against the world's most powerful army Synonyms of revolution insurgence, insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, outbreak, revolt, rebellion, rising, uprisingWords Related to revolution coup, coup d'état (or coup d'etat), overthrow; misprision, sedition, treachery, treason; sabotage, subversionNear Antonyms of revolution counterinsurgency, counterrevolution

Synonym Discussion of revolution

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


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