mutiny

[myoot-n-ee]

noun, plural mu·ti·nies.

revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
rebellion against any authority.

verb (used without object), mu·ti·nied, mu·ti·ny·ing.

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.

Synonyms for mutiny

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Historical Examples of mutiny

  • 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

noun plural -nies

open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers

verb -nies, -nying or -nied

(intr) to engage in mutiny

Word Origin for mutiny

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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