Definition of revolt in English:


Syllabification: re·volt
Pronunciation: /riˈvōlt


  • 1 [no object] Rise in rebellion: the insurgents revolted and had to be suppressed
    More 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.
    rebel, rise up, rise, take to the streets, riot, mutiny
  • 1.1Refuse to acknowledge someone or something as having authority: voters may revolt when they realize the cost of the measures
    More 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 or revolted: the revolted Bretons
    More 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?


Back to top  
  • 1An attempt to put an end to the authority of a person or body by rebelling: a countrywide revolt against the central government the peasants rose in revolt
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    rebellion, revolution, insurrection, mutiny, uprising, riot, rioting, insurgence, seizure of power, coup, coup d'état
  • 1.1A refusal to continue to obey or conform: a revolt over tax increases
    More 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).

More definitions of revolt

Definition of revolt in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw