1540s, from M.Fr. revolter
, from It. rivoltare
"to overthrow, overturn," from V.L. *revolvitare
"to overturn, overthrow," frequentative of L. revolvere
) "turn, roll back" (see revolve
). The noun is from 1550s. Revolting
is 1590s, originally subjective; objective sense of "repulsive" is first recorded 1806.