Definition of revolt in English:

revolt

Line breaks: re¦volt
Pronunciation: /rɪˈvəʊlt
 
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verb

  • 1 [no object] Take violent action against an established government or ruler; rebel: the Iceni revolted and had to be suppressed
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    rebel, rise up, rise, take to the streets, take up arms, riot, mutiny, take part in an uprising, show resistance; resist/oppose authority, disobey/defy authority, refuse to obey orders, be insubordinate
  • 1.1Refuse to acknowledge someone or something as having authority: voters may revolt when they realize the cost of the measures
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    • 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 Bretons
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    • 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?

noun

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  • 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 revolt
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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
  • 1.1A refusal to continue to obey or conform: a revolt over tax increases
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French révolte (noun), révolter (verb), from Italian rivoltare, based on Latin revolvere 'roll back' (see revolve).

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