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Dictionary Definition

revolt n : organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another [syn: rebellion, insurrection, rising, uprising]


1 make revolution; "The people revolted when bread prices tripled again"
2 fill with distaste; "This spoilt food disgusts me" [syn: disgust, gross out, repel]
3 cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of; "The pornographic pictures sickened us" [syn: disgust, nauseate, sicken, churn up]

User Contributed Dictionary



From French révolter > Latin revolvere > re- + volvere



  1. to rebel, particularly against authority
    The farmers had to revolt against the government to get what they deserved.
  2. to greatly repel
    Your brother revolts me!


to rebel
to greatly repel


  1. an act of revolt


act of revolting

Related terms

Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Rebel (disambiguation) and Rebellion (disambiguation).
Rebellion is a refusal of obedience.It may therefore be seen as encompassing a range of behaviours from civil disobedience and mass nonviolent resistance, to violent and organized attempts to destroy an established authority such as the government. Those who participate in rebellions are known as "rebels".
Throughout history, many different groups that opposed their governments have been called rebels. In the United States, the term was used for the Continentals by the British in the Revolutionary War, and the Confederacy by the Union in the American Civil War. It also includes members of paramilitary forces who take up arms against an established government.
Most unarmed rebellions have not been against authority in general, but rather have sought to establish a new government in their place. For example, the Boxer Rebellion sought to implement a stronger government in China in place of the weak and divided government of the time. The Jacobite Risings (called "Jacobite Rebellions" by the government) attempted to restore the deposed Stuart kings to the thrones of England and Scotland, rather than abolish the monarchy completely.

Types of rebellion

A violent rebellion is sometimes referred to as an insurgency, while a larger conflict may escalate into a civil war. There are a number of terms that fall under the umbrella of rebel, and they range from those with positive connotations to those with pejorative connotations. Examples include:
  • Nonviolent resistance or civil disobedience, which do not include violence or paramilitary force
  • Resistance movement, which is carried out by freedom fighters, often against an occupying foreign power
  • Revolution, which is carried out by radicals, usually meant to overthrow the current government
  • Uprising, which is carried out by militants
  • Revolt, a term that is sometimes used for a more localized rebellions rather than a general uprising
  • Mutiny, which is carried out by military or security forces against their commanders
  • Subversion, which are non-overt attempts at sabotaging a government, carried out by spies or other subversives
  • Terrorism, which is carried out by different kinds of political or religious extremists
revolt in Aymara: Sayt'awi
revolt in Czech: Rebelie
revolt in German: Aufstand
revolt in Spanish: Rebelión
revolt in Esperanto: Ribelo
revolt in French: Révolte
revolt in Indonesian: Pemberontakan
revolt in Icelandic: Uppreisn
revolt in Italian: Rivolta
revolt in Dutch: Opstand
revolt in Norwegian: Opprør
revolt in Polish: Rebeliant
revolt in Portuguese: Rebelião
revolt in Russian: Восстание
revolt in Simple English: Rebellion
revolt in Finnish: Kapina
revolt in Swedish: Uppror
revolt in Chinese: 武装起事

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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