[ ri-vohl-ting ]
/ rɪˈvoʊl tɪŋ /


disgusting; repulsive: a revolting sight.

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

Definition for revolting (2 of 2)


[ ri-vohlt ]
/ rɪˈvoʊlt /

verb (used without object)

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

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British Dictionary definitions for revolting (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈvəʊltɪŋ) /


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

Derived Formsrevoltingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for revolting (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈvəʊlt) /


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
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