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mutiny

[myoot-n-ee] /ˈmyut n i/
noun, plural mutinies.
1.
revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
2.
rebellion against any authority.
verb (used without object), mutinied, mutinying.
3.
to commit the offense of mutiny; revolt against authority.
Origin of mutiny
1560-1570
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.
Synonyms
2. uprising, overthrow, coup, takeover.
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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

mutiny

/ˈmjuːtɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers
verb -nies, -nying, -nied
2.
(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
n.

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.)).

v.

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

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