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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To attempt to overthrow the authority of the state; rebel.
  • intransitive verb To oppose or refuse to accept something.
  • intransitive verb To feel disgust or repugnance.
  • intransitive verb To fill with disgust or abhorrence; repel. synonym: disgust.
  • noun An uprising, especially against state authority; a rebellion.
  • noun An act of protest or rejection.
  • noun The state of a person or persons in rebellion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An uprising against government or authority; rebellion; insurrection; hence, any act of insubordination or disobedience.
  • noun The act of turning away or going over to the opposite side; a change of sides; desertion.
  • noun Inconstancy; faithlessness; fickleness, especially in love.
  • noun A revolter.
  • noun Synonyms Sedition, Rebellion, etc. See insurrection.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To cause to turn back; to roll or drive back; to put to flight.
  • transitive verb To do violence to; to cause to turn away or shrink with abhorrence; to shock.
  • noun The act of revolting; an uprising against legitimate authority; especially, a renunciation of allegiance and subjection to a government; rebellion.
  • noun obsolete A revolter.
  • intransitive verb To turn away; to abandon or reject something; specifically, to turn away, or shrink, with abhorrence.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To be disgusted, shocked, or grossly offended; hence, to feel nausea; -- with at

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To rebel, particularly against authority.
  • verb To greatly repel.
  • noun an act of revolt

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French revolter, from Italian rivoltare, to turn round, from Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvere, to turn over; see revolve.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French révolter, from Italian rivoltare, from Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvō ("roll back").

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