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[myoot-n-uh s] /ˈmyut n əs/
disposed to, engaged in, or involving revolt against authority.
characterized by mutiny; rebellious.
difficult to control:
mutinous feelings.
Origin of mutinous
1570-80; obsolete mutine mutiny (< Middle French mutin; see mutineer) + -ous
Related forms
mutinously, adverb
mutinousness, noun
nonmutinous, adjective
nonmutinously, adverb
nonmutinousness, noun
unmutinous, adjective
unmutinously, adverb
unmutinousness, noun
1. seditious, insurrectionary, revolutionary, insurgent. 2. refractory, insubordinate, riotous, disaffected.
1. patriotic. 2. obedient. Unabridged
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  • There was no sea officer who could enforce orders; the men were mutinous.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • Marjorie saw the sullen, mutinous face through a mist of tears.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • There were some deadly combats between the mutinous sepoys and the Sikhs.

    Forty-one years in India Frederick Sleigh Roberts
  • The effect of this was to carry us right among the mutinous fleet.

    The Ferryman of Brill William H. G. Kingston
  • He bade those who were most mutinous, to depart if they would; and laughed scornfully at their confessions of inability.

    Calavar Robert Montgomery Bird
  • His tone and manner effectually overawed the mutinous youngster.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • The lad had begun to give signs of a mutinous spirit, which the man had suppressed by force.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • The pay of the troops was long in arrear, and they were all mutinous and discontented.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • It would strangle this mutinous Paris in the iron grip of the foreign regiments.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for mutinous


openly rebellious or disobedient: a mutinous child
characteristic or indicative of mutiny
Derived Forms
mutinously, adverb
mutinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mutinous

1570s, from mutine (see mutiny) + -ous. Related: Mutinously; mutinousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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