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[myoot-n-ee] /ˈmyut n i/
noun, plural mutinies.
revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
rebellion against any authority.
verb (used without object), mutinied, mutinying.
to commit the offense of mutiny; revolt against authority.
Origin of mutiny
1560-70; obsolete mutine to mutiny (< Middle French mutiner, derivative of mutin mutiny; see mutineer) + -y3
Related forms
premutiny, noun, plural premutinies; verb (used with object), premutinied, premutinying.
2. uprising, overthrow, coup, takeover. Unabridged
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  • This was a clear case of mutiny, and the only one in which I was ever implicated.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He shook his head in silent contradiction, frowning; but not frowning because of the girl's mutiny.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Yet his being there put a different complexion on her act of mutiny.

  • In the meantime all the troops had assembled and the mutiny been swiftly stamped out.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The result of this attempt to modify the scheme was the Indian mutiny.

British Dictionary definitions for mutiny


noun (pl) -nies
open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers
verb -nies, -nying, -nied
(intransitive) to engage in mutiny
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete mutine, from Old French mutin rebellious, from meute mutiny, ultimately from Latin movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for mutiny

1560s, with noun suffix -y (1) + obsolete verb mutine "revolt" (1540s), from Middle French mutiner "to revolt," from meutin "rebellious," from meute "a revolt, movement," from Vulgar Latin *movita "a military uprising," from fem. past participle of Latin movere "to move" (see move (v.)).


1580s, from mutiny (n.). Alternative mutine is recorded from 1550s. Related: Mutinied; mutinying.

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