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  1. disgusting; repulsive: a revolting sight.
  2. rebellious.
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Origin of revolting

First recorded in 1585–95; revolt + -ing2
Related formsre·volt·ing·ly, adverbnon·re·volt·ing, adjectivenon·re·volt·ing·ly, adverbun·re·volt·ing, adjective


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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to affect with disgust or abhorrence: Such low behavior revolts me.
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  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.
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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. causing revulsion; nauseating, disgusting, or repulsive
  2. informal unpleasant or nastythat dress is revolting
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Derived Formsrevoltingly, adverb


  1. a rebellion or uprising against authority
  2. in revolt in the process or state of rebelling
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  1. (intr) to rise up in rebellion against authority
  2. (usually passive) to feel or cause to feel revulsion, disgust, or abhorrence
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Derived Formsrevolter, noun

Word Origin

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 revolting


1590s, "that revolts, given to revolt, rebellious," present participle adjective from revolt (v.). Sense of "repulsive" is from 1806. Related: Revoltingly.

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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.

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

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