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mutiny

[myoot-n-ee] /ˈmyut n i/
noun, plural mutinies.
1.
revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
2.
rebellion against any authority.
verb (used without object), mutinied, mutinying.
3.
to commit the offense of mutiny; revolt against authority.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; obsolete mutine to mutiny (< Middle French mutiner, derivative of mutin mutiny; see mutineer) + -y3
Related forms
premutiny, noun, plural premutinies; verb (used with object), premutinied, premutinying.
Synonyms
2. uprising, overthrow, coup, takeover.
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  • It was financial mutiny.
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  • Even so, there's no sign of a mutiny for all this bounty.
  • Squelch that mutiny and tell them to toughen up.
  • Starvation, mutiny and cannibalism were among the problems faced by this ill-fated 1881 Arctic trip.
  • The Captain must be willing to take requests or face a mutiny.
  • Record companies see it as mutiny.
  • At home, however, she's facing a mutiny.
  • The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.
  • Moreover, some officials believe the factors that made the mutiny a near-success are still in place.
British Dictionary definitions for mutiny

mutiny

/ˈmjuːtɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers
verb -nies, -nying, -nied
2.
(intransitive) to engage in mutiny
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete mutine, from Old French mutin rebellious, from meute mutiny, ultimately from Latin movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for mutiny
n.

1560s, with noun suffix -y (1) + obsolete verb mutine "revolt" (1540s), from Middle French mutiner "to revolt," from meutin "rebellious," from meute "a revolt, movement," from Vulgar Latin *movita "a military uprising," from fem. past participle of Latin movere "to move" (see move (v.)).

v.

1580s, from mutiny (n.). Alternative mutine is recorded from 1550s. Related: Mutinied; mutinying.

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