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revolt

[ri-vohlt] /rɪˈvoʊlt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to break away from or rise against constituted authority, as by open rebellion; cast off allegiance or subjection to those in authority; rebel; mutiny:
to revolt against the present government.
2.
to turn away in mental rebellion, utter disgust, or abhorrence (usually followed by from):
He revolts from eating meat.
3.
to rebel in feeling (usually followed by against):
to revolt against parental authority.
4.
to feel horror or aversion (usually followed by at):
to revolt at the sight of blood.
verb (used with object)
5.
to affect with disgust or abhorrence:
Such low behavior revolts me.
noun
6.
the act of revolting; an insurrection or rebellion.
7.
an expression or movement of spirited protest or dissent:
a voter revolt at the polls.
Origin of revolt
1540-1550
1540-50; (v.) < Middle French revolter < Italian rivoltare to turn around < Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvere to roll back, unroll, revolve; (noun) < French révolte < Italian rivolta, derivative of rivoltare
Related forms
revolter, noun
unrevolted, adjective
Can be confused
rebellion, revolt, revolution.
Synonyms
6. uprising, disorder, putsch.
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  • Undoubtedly since the revolt of the duodenum her grip of him had sensibly tightened.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • Injustice has always roused me to revolt, and injustice was certainly having its fling.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Some thought it a revolt; others were of opinion it was a revolution.

    The Rise of the Democracy Joseph Clayton
  • There was not a word of gratitude to this man, not a murmur of vengeance nor of revolt.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Philip realized that William was the soul of the revolt and that without him it might not improbably have been put down.

British Dictionary definitions for revolt

revolt

/rɪˈvəʊlt/
noun
1.
a rebellion or uprising against authority
2.
in revolt, in the process or state of rebelling
verb
3.
(intransitive) to rise up in rebellion against authority
4.
(usually passive) to feel or cause to feel revulsion, disgust, or abhorrence
Derived Forms
revolter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French révolter to revolt, from Old Italian rivoltare to overturn, ultimately from Latin revolvere to roll back, revolve
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Word Origin and History for revolt
v.

1540s, from Middle French revolter (15c.), from Italian rivoltare "to overthrow, overturn," from Vulgar Latin *revolvitare "to overturn, overthrow," frequentative of Latin revolvere (past participle revolutus) "turn, roll back" (see revolve). Related: Revolted; revolting.

n.

1550s, from Middle French révolte (c.1500), back formation from revolter (see revolt (v.)), or else from Italian rivolta.

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