Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To attempt to overthrow the authority of the state; rebel.
  • intransitive v. To oppose or refuse to accept something: revolting against high taxes.
  • intransitive v. To feel disgust or repugnance: to revolt at a public display of cruelty.
  • intransitive v. To turn away in revulsion or abhorrence: They revolted from the sight.
  • transitive v. To fill with disgust or abhorrence; repel. See Synonyms at disgust.
  • n. An uprising, especially against state authority; a rebellion.
  • n. An act of protest or rejection.
  • n. The state of a person or persons in rebellion: students in revolt over administrative policies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rebel, particularly against authority.
  • v. To greatly repel.
  • n. an act of revolt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of revolting; an uprising against legitimate authority; especially, a renunciation of allegiance and subjection to a government; rebellion.
  • n. A revolter.
  • intransitive v. To turn away; to abandon or reject something; specifically, to turn away, or shrink, with abhorrence.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to be faithless; to desert one party or leader for another; especially, to renounce allegiance or subjection; to rise against a government; to rebel.
  • intransitive v. To be disgusted, shocked, or grossly offended; hence, to feel nausea; -- with at
  • transitive v. To cause to turn back; to roll or drive back; to put to flight.
  • transitive v. To do violence to; to cause to turn away or shrink with abhorrence; to shock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn away; turn aside from a former cause or undertaking; fall off; change sides; go over to the opposite party; desert.
  • To break away from established authority; renounce allegiance and subjection; rise against a government in open rebellion; rebel; mutiny.
  • To prove faithless or inconstant, especially in love.
  • To turn away in horror or disgust; be repelled or shocked.
  • To roll back; turn back.
  • To turn away from allegiance; cause to rebel.
  • To repel; shock; cause to turn away in abhorrence or disgust.
  • Synonyms To disgust, sicken, nauseate.
  • n. An uprising against government or authority; rebellion; insurrection; hence, any act of insubordination or disobedience.
  • n. The act of turning away or going over to the opposite side; a change of sides; desertion.
  • n. Inconstancy; faithlessness; fickleness, especially in love.
  • n. A revolter.
  • n. Synonyms Sedition, Rebellion, etc. See insurrection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
  • n. organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
  • v. make revolution
  • v. fill with distaste

Etymologies

French revolter, from Italian rivoltare, to turn round, from Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvere, to turn over; see revolve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French révolter, from Italian rivoltare, from Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvō ("roll back"). (Wiktionary)

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