[ ri-vohlt ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.

  2. to turn away in mental rebellion, utter disgust, or abhorrence (usually followed by from): He revolts from eating meat.

  1. to rebel in feeling (usually followed by against): to revolt against parental authority.

  2. to feel horror or aversion (usually followed by at): to revolt at the sight of blood.

verb (used with object)
  1. to affect with disgust or abhorrence: Such low behavior revolts me.

  1. the act of revolting; an insurrection or rebellion.

  2. an expression or movement of spirited protest or dissent: a voter revolt at the polls.

Origin of revolt

1540–50; (v.) <Middle French revolter<Italian rivoltare to turn around <Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvere to roll back, unroll, revolve; (noun) <French révolte<Italian rivolta, derivative of rivoltare

Other words for revolt

Other words from revolt

  • re·volt·er, noun
  • un·re·volt·ed, adjective

Words that may be confused with revolt

Words Nearby revolt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use revolt in a sentence

  • The rapid spread of the revolt was not a whit less marvelous than its lack of method or cohesion.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Yet, so curiously constituted is the native mind, the blowing-up of the magazine was the final tocsin of revolt.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • The news of Bruce's revolt and the death of Comyn roused Edward into full martial vigour.

    King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
  • General Pio del Pilar slept in the city every night, ready to give the rocket-signal for revolt.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • In vain he warned the King that this was not a revolt but a revolution; the counsels of Polignac were all powerful.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison

British Dictionary definitions for revolt


/ (rɪˈvəʊlt) /

  1. a rebellion or uprising against authority

  2. in revolt in the process or state of rebelling

  1. (intr) to rise up in rebellion against authority

  2. (usually passive) to feel or cause to feel revulsion, disgust, or abhorrence

Origin of revolt

C16: from French révolter to revolt, from Old Italian rivoltare to overturn, ultimately from Latin revolvere to roll back, revolve

Derived forms of revolt

  • revolter, noun

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