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mutiny

[myoot-n-ee]
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noun, plural mu·ti·nies.
  1. revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
  2. rebellion against any authority.
verb (used without object), mu·ti·nied, mu·ti·ny·ing.
  1. 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 formspre·mu·ti·ny, noun, plural pre·mu·ti·nies; verb (used with object), pre·mu·ti·nied, pre·mu·ti·ny·ing.

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2. uprising, overthrow, coup, takeover.
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Examples from the Web for mutinying

Historical Examples

  • At Vinoy's very first review they were on the point of mutinying.

    History of the Commune of 1871

    P. Lissagary

  • They're always deserting and mutinying; I have to carry a gun on me to make them mind.

    Ranson's Folly

    Richard Harding Davis

  • The rogues were mutinying for their wages but yesterday; they will be all ready for good or bad.

    Peveril of the Peak

    Sir Walter Scott

  • His men are a ceaseless trouble, and for ever mutinying, or otherwise harassing him.

  • Surprised and astounded at this interference the worthy officer demanded of the mob if they knew they were mutinying.


British Dictionary definitions for mutinying

mutiny

noun plural -nies
  1. open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers
verb -nies, -nying or -nied
  1. (intr) 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 mutinying

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.)).

mutiny

v.

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

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