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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.
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verb (used without object), mu·ti·nied, mu·ti·ny·ing.
  1. to commit the offense of mutiny; revolt against authority.
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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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Related Words for mutinying

uprising, insurrection, revolt, riot, revolution, disobey, strike, disobedience, rising, insubordination, resist, rebel

Examples from the Web for mutinying

Historical Examples of mutinying

  • 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


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



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.)).

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

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