- 1 [no object] Take violent action against an established government or ruler; rebel: the Iceni revolted and had to be suppressedMore example sentences
- He urged people to revolt against the established government and turn the revolution against the king although he preferred to remain aloof from the actual events.
- He urged workers around the world to revolt against their rulers.
- Five calls described the intent of passengers and surviving crew members to revolt against the hijackers.
- 1.1Refuse to acknowledge someone or something as having authority: voters may revolt when they realize the cost of the measuresMore example sentences
- I was even one of those progressive Sixties kids who revolted, refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
- And the dictatorship will be created by the very people who are revolting against authority.
- Sections of the Indian military, frustrated by the past year's border deployment without action, could revolt and refuse to attack Hindus.
- 1.2 (as adjective revolted) • archaic Having rebelled: the emperor was leading an expedition against the revolted BretonsMore example sentences
- Quite often it is the gut reaction of angry, scared or revolted people seeking revenge or retribution.
- On 24 Dec 1659 the revolted army units resolved to restore the Parliament and approached the Speaker, William Lenthal, asking him to resume his authority that he presumably had never regarded as lost.
- What interest had the latter in regaining the Irresistible or subduing a revolted crew?
- 2 [with object] Cause to feel disgust: he was revolted by the stench that greeted himMore example sentences
disgust, sicken, nauseate, make someone sick, make someone feel sick, make someone's gorge rise, turn someone's stomach, upset, be repugnant to, repel, repulse, be repulsive to, make someone's flesh crawl, make someone shudder, put off, offend, be offensive to, cause offence to, shock, horrify• informal turn offNorth American • informal gross out
- It's hard to imagine anyone else adding such sweet and vulnerable nuances to an otherwise revolting character.
- I found myself strangely, nay, irresistibly attracted to this shocking and revolting oppressor of women and blacks.
- My hands grew back, but alas all of my fingers are webbed together with revolting flaps of skin, and I am typing with my tongue.
- 2.1 [no object] • archaic Feel disgust: 'tis just the main assumption reason most revolts atMore example sentences
- What revolted was that Oliva reached his damnable decision alone.
- But it is so ethically problematic that the mind revolts at the thought that it could be true.
- ‘Common sense revolts at the idea,’ Justice Douglas wrote.
nounBack to top
- 1An attempt to end the authority of a person or body by rebelling: a country-wide revolt against the government [mass noun]: the peasants rose in revoltMore example sentences
rebellion, revolution, insurrection, mutiny, uprising, riot, rioting, rising, insurgence, insurgency, coup, overthrow, seizure of power, regime change, subversion, sedition, anarchy, disorder, protest, strike, act of resistance, act of defiance; French coup d'état, jacquerie; German putsch
- Uzbekistan is the scene of the fourth revolt against authority in countries that used to be part of the USSR.
- They learned to play while exiled in the refugee camps of Libya, at a time when the nomadic Tamashek people were in armed revolt against the Malian authorities.
- By December 1139, Unur was in open revolt against Zengi's authority, and Zengi laid siege to the city, without success.
- 1.1A refusal to continue to obey or conform: a revolt over tax increasesMore example sentences
- They are the latest, most dangerous incarnation of that staple of immigration literature, the revolt of the second generation.
- Tax revolts have had enormous impacts in history.
- The poll tax revolts are a warning of the fury that changes to local authority finances can trigger.
mid 16th century: from French révolte (noun), révolter (verb), from Italian rivoltare, based on Latin revolvere 'roll back' (see revolve).