disgusting; repulsive: a revolting sight.

Nearby words

  1. revocable,
  2. revocation,
  3. revoice,
  4. revoke,
  5. revolt,
  6. revolute,
  7. revolution,
  8. revolution counter,
  9. revolutionary,
  10. revolutionary calendar

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)

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.
to turn away in mental rebellion, utter disgust, or abhorrence (usually followed by from): He revolts from eating meat.
to rebel in feeling (usually followed by against): to revolt against parental authority.
to feel horror or aversion (usually followed by at): to revolt at the sight of blood.

verb (used with object)

to affect with disgust or abhorrence: Such low behavior revolts me.


the act of revolting; an insurrection or rebellion.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for revolting

British Dictionary definitions for revolting



causing revulsion; nauseating, disgusting, or repulsive
informal unpleasant or nastythat dress is revolting
Derived Formsrevoltingly, adverb



a rebellion or uprising against authority
in revolt in the process or state of rebelling


(intr) to rise up in rebellion against authority
(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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for revolting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper