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[myoot-n-ee] /ˈmyut n i/
noun, plural mutinies.
revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
rebellion against any authority.
verb (used without object), mutinied, mutinying.
to commit the offense of mutiny; revolt against authority.
Origin of mutiny
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.
2. uprising, overthrow, coup, takeover. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mutiny
  • It was financial mutiny.
  • They are ever on guard against the mutiny of too much emotion.
  • 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


noun (pl) -nies
open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers
verb -nies, -nying, -nied
(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

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.)).


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

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