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[myoot-n-uh s] /ˈmyut n əs/
disposed to, engaged in, or involving revolt against authority.
characterized by mutiny; rebellious.
difficult to control:
mutinous feelings.
Origin of mutinous
1570-80; obsolete mutine mutiny (< Middle French mutin; see mutineer) + -ous
Related forms
mutinously, adverb
mutinousness, noun
nonmutinous, adjective
nonmutinously, adverb
nonmutinousness, noun
unmutinous, adjective
unmutinously, adverb
unmutinousness, noun
1. seditious, insurrectionary, revolutionary, insurgent. 2. refractory, insubordinate, riotous, disaffected.
1. patriotic. 2. obedient. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mutinously
Historical Examples
  • This was mutinously imperious, and yet he did not quite know how to convince her of her mutiny.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Edward moaned, not mutinously, you understand, but expressively.

  • And Nichette, mutinously obedient, ran away, leaving Persis shivering indeed with a chill.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • When the nurse came in with the belated ammonia, she found K. making an arbitrary ruling, and Sidney looking up at him mutinously.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She stood clasping the back of the chair from which she had freed her dress, and looked across it mutinously at Peter.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • A crack of the whip sent them leaping away, to be sure; but they intruded again at once—and mutinously persisted in the intrusion.

    Billy Topsail, M.D. Norman Duncan
  • Dinah (mutinously, rising quickly and crossing to stool on which she kneels and looks up into George's face and bangs the table).

    Mr. Pim Passes By Alan Alexander Milne
  • Heretofore they must have been traitorously below their duty, or now mutinously beyond it.

  • "I've had about all of this I'm going to take," she said mutinously as she stirred the heap of cloth with a bare foot.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Some of his men were slain, while some of the survivors, especially one German gunner, mutinously held converse with the enemy.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for mutinously


openly rebellious or disobedient: a mutinous child
characteristic or indicative of mutiny
Derived Forms
mutinously, adverb
mutinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mutinously



1570s, from mutine (see mutiny) + -ous. Related: Mutinously; mutinousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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