A person, especially a soldier or sailor, who rebels or refuses to obey the orders of a person in authority.
- Or they were acting on their own authority, in which case they are the equivalent of mutineers, deserters, or traitors in the field.
- Her mission had started two years previously when she left Britain with orders to arrest the mutineers.
- The first Europeans to spy its jagged, jungle-clad peaks and encircling reef were the mutineers of HMS Bounty.
Early 17th century: from French mutinier, from mutin 'rebellious', from muete 'movement', based on Latin movere 'to move'.
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