mutiny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mutiny engage in a mutiny against an authority
    • n mutiny open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no female characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island because he was following the instructions of his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, for whom he wrote the book. Llyod wanted a story "about a map, a treasure, a mutiny and a derelict ship. No women in the story."
    • Mutiny Insurrection against constituted authority, particularly military or naval authority; concerted revolt against the rules of discipline or the lawful commands of a superior officer; hence, generally, forcible resistance to rightful authority; insubordination. "In every mutiny against the discipline of the college, he was the ringleader."
    • Mutiny To fall into strife; to quarrel.
    • Mutiny To rise against, or refuse to obey, lawful authority in military or naval service; to excite, or to be guilty of, mutiny or mutinous conduct; to revolt against one's superior officer, or any rightful authority.
    • Mutiny Violent commotion; tumult; strife. "To raise a mutiny betwixt yourselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mutiny Forcible resistance to or revolt against constituted authority on the part of subordinates; specifically, a revolt of soldiers or seamen, with or without armed resistance, against the authority of their commanding officers.
    • n mutiny Any rebellion against constituted authority; by statute under British rule, any attempt to excite opposition to lawful authority, particularly military or naval authority, or any act of contempt directed against officers, or disobedience of their commands; any concealment of mutinous acts, or neglect to take measures toward a suppression of them.
    • n mutiny Tumult; violent commotion.
    • n mutiny Discord; strife.
    • n mutiny Synonyms and Sedition, Revolt, etc. See insurrection.
    • mutiny To revolt against lawful authority, with or without armed resistance, especially in the army or navy; excite or be guilty of mutiny, or mutinous conduct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Mutiny mū′ti-ni to rise against authority in military or naval service: to revolt against rightful authority
    • pr.p Mutiny mū′tinying; pa.t. and pa.p. mū′tinied
    • n Mutiny insurrection against constituted authority, esp. naval or military: revolt, tumult, strife
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Quotations

  • Grover Cleveland
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    “The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From mutine, to mutiny, fr. F. se mutiner, fr. F. mutin, stubborn, mutinous, fr. OF. meute, riot, LL. movita, fr. movitus, for L. motus, p. p. of movere, to move. See Move

Usage

In literature:

We have our orders, but there's nearly a mutiny.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
One of the older men said to me, 'There has been nothing like it since the mutiny'.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
The conduct of the crew amounted almost to mutiny.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Outbreak and Progress of the Mutiny.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Point two, MacBride is probably dead, killed when those cavalrymen mutinied.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
This mutiny had not yet spread to the remaining ships, and on them the speeches were delivered.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
And now, before I begin to tell you the story of the mutiny, I want to know if you two will help me to recapture her?
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
Then why, I mentally repeated, had the men mutinied at all?
"Turned Adrift" by Harry Collingwood
Mutinies, even at the present day, are common enough.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
Is it surprising that sailors mutinied?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood
I dealt me silently
As one perverse—misrepresenting Good
In graceless mutiny.
"A Meeting With Despair" by Thomas Hardy
Make no deep scrutiny
Into her mutiny
Rash and undutiful:
Past all dishonour,
Death has left on her
Only the beautiful.
"The Bridge of Sighs" by Thomas Hood
Beware, O queen, some day ere long
All these may drop their fealty,
And for redress of causeless wrong
Uprise in passionate mutiny.
"The Tulip (Caveat regina)" by Maurice Thompson
His words were quickly whispered round,
And every boy now looks offended;
The master saw the change, and found
That Orme a mutiny intended.
"Conquest Of Prejudice" by Charles Lamb
A horrid mutiny by stealth
Breaks out,--of power, fame and wealth
Deserted you shall be!
The foam upon your lip is rife;
The last enigma now of Life
Shall Death resolve for thee.
"To The Fortune Seeker" by Morris Rosenfeld
And now that the danger was so near at hand,
He was ready to put his men to the test, and them command;
And march to the rescue of his countrymen at Kalapore,
And try to quell the mutiny and barbarous uproar.
"The Hero of Kalapore" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — There are changes aplenty for the New England Mutiny .
Congolese troops showing progress against mutiny .
Brewer may be facing a budget mutiny , as Senate Republicans are said to be exploring a deal with Democrats.
Tommy Stinson, One Man Mutiny .
NFL's Mutiny on the Bounties.
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