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revolting

[ri-vohl-ting] /rɪˈvoʊl tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
disgusting; repulsive:
a revolting sight.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; revolt + -ing2
Related forms
revoltingly, adverb
nonrevolting, adjective
nonrevoltingly, adverb
unrevolting, adjective

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
1540-50; (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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  • So the sense of smell is important, but there is no revolting odor.
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  • It is no wonder that the people of these nations are revolting.
  • As often happens in this season, the revolting smell of yellow flowers went straight to my temples.
  • Finally, in a compelling and revolting drug-world-style display, the corpse is entirely covered in blood-stained money.
  • Recycling toilet water into drinking water may sound revolting.
  • And the smell of the sweltering, overcrowded theater they fought to enter was revolting.
  • Certain crimes of revolting baseness and cruelty were never forgiven.
  • We must here draw a veil over that which ensued, as the description of it would be both unnatural and revolting.
  • But even when a stranger is perfectly groomed, it's usually a bit revolting to be pressed against him in public.
British Dictionary definitions for revolting

revolting

/rɪˈvəʊltɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing revulsion; nauseating, disgusting, or repulsive
2.
(informal) unpleasant or nasty: that dress is revolting
Derived Forms
revoltingly, adverb

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 revolting
adj.

1590s, "that revolts, given to revolt, rebellious," present participle adjective from revolt (v.). Sense of "repulsive" is from 1806. Related: Revoltingly.

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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