- 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.
- to turn away in mental rebellion, utter disgust, or abhorrence (usually followed by from): He revolts from eating meat.
- to rebel in feeling (usually followed by against): to revolt against parental authority.
- to feel horror or aversion (usually followed by at): to revolt at the sight of blood.
- to affect with disgust or abhorrence: Such low behavior revolts me.
- the act of revolting; an insurrection or rebellion.
- an expression or movement of spirited protest or dissent: a voter revolt at the polls.
Origin of revolt
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Examples from the Web for revolt
The ISI came to the CIA for assistance in fostering a revolt that had developed in the Afghan countryside against Communist rule.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
A problem far more pressing for the dynasty was the Taiping revolt, which ran from 1850 to 1864 and left tens of millions dead.We're Still Fighting the Opium Wars
August 28, 2014
Remarkably, Americans have not risen in revolt against this gaping inequality.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Then Cruz rounded up some of the far-right members of the House GOP caucus and plotted a revolt.On Border, a Huge Win for the Hard Right
August 4, 2014
They see the ISIS uprising as part of a general Sunni revolt.This Is How You Fight ISIS
June 19, 2014
Mrs. Page could not get back of Harriet's revolt to its cause.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The mind of Chief Inspector Heat was inaccessible to ideas of revolt.The Secret Agent
Injustice has always roused me to revolt, and injustice was certainly having its fling.
There was not a word of gratitude to this man, not a murmur of vengeance nor of revolt.
The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, audacity, and revolt.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- a rebellion or uprising against authority
- in revolt in the process or state of rebelling
- (intr) to rise up in rebellion against authority
- (usually passive) to feel or cause to feel revulsion, disgust, or abhorrence
Word Origin and History for revolt
1550s, from Middle French révolte (c.1500), back formation from revolter (see revolt (v.)), or else from Italian rivolta.