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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
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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  • The first was that a much-heralded revolt of the centre faded abruptly.
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  • Spence, however, says the evidence suggests to him the fires were set during an internal revolt.
  • Only change will come with revolt and revolution in such a tyrant situation.
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  • The troupe distilled and energized the milieu of anomie, satirizing the lame old regime in a triumphant revolt.
  • Perhaps the yankees could have supplied and funded such a revolt.
  • Don't expect much from new grad students either, barring some general revolt in society.
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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