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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.
  3. to rebel in feeling (usually followed by against): to revolt against parental authority.
  4. 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
Related formsre·volt·er, nounun·re·volt·ed, adjective
Can be confusedrebellion revolt revolution

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  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
Derived Formsrevolter, noun

Word Origin for revolt

C16: from French révolter to revolt, from Old Italian rivoltare to overturn, ultimately from Latin revolvere to roll back, revolve
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Word Origin and History for revolted



1540s, from Middle French revolter (15c.), from Italian rivoltare "to overthrow, overturn," from Vulgar Latin *revolvitare "to overturn, overthrow," frequentative of Latin revolvere (past participle revolutus) "turn, roll back" (see revolve). Related: Revolted; revolting.



1550s, from Middle French révolte (c.1500), back formation from revolter (see revolt (v.)), or else from Italian rivolta.

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