What does mutiny mean?

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ˈmyut n imutiny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mutinyverb

    open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)

  2. mutinyverb

    engage in a mutiny against an authority


  1. mutinynoun

    organized rebellion against a legally constituted authority; especially by seamen against their officers

  2. mutinyverb

    To commit mutiny.

    The crew of the Bounty mutinied because of the harsh discipline of Captain Bligh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mutinynoun

    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

  2. Mutinynoun

    violent commotion; tumult; strife

  3. Mutinyverb

    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

  4. Mutinyverb

    to fall into strife; to quarrel


  1. Mutiny

    Mutiny is a conspiracy among members of a group of similarly situated individuals to openly oppose, change or overthrow an authority to which they are subject. The term is commonly used for a rebellion among members of the military against their superior officer, but can also occasionally refer to any type of rebellion against an authority figure. During the Age of Discovery, mutiny particularly meant open rebellion against a ship's captain. This occurred, for example, during Magellan's famous journeys around the world, resulting in the killing of one mutineer, the execution of another and the marooning of others, and on Henry Hudson's Discovery, resulting in Hudson and others being set adrift in a boat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mutiny

    mū′ti-ni, v.i. to rise against authority in military or naval service: to revolt against rightful authority:—pr.p. mū′tinying; pa.t. and pa.p. mū′tinied.n. insurrection against constituted authority, esp. naval or military: revolt, tumult, strife.—adj. Mū′tinous, disposed to mutiny: seditious.—adv. Mū′tinously.—n. Mū′tinousness.—Mutiny Act, an act passed by the British parliament from year to year, to regulate the government of the army, from 1689 down to 1879, when it was superseded by the Army Discipline and Regulation Act, modified by the Army Act of 1881. [O. Fr. mutiner, mutin, riotous, meute, a sedition—L. motus, rising—movēre, motum, to move.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mutiny

    Revolt or determined disobedience of regular authority by soldiers or sailors, and punishable with death. Shakspeare makes Hamlet sleep "Worse than the mutines in the bilboes."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mutiny

    Insurrection against constituted authority, particularly military authority; open and violent resistance to the authority of officers; concerted revolt against the rules of discipline; hence, generally, forcible resistance to rightful authority on the part of subordinates. Violent commotion; tumult; uproar; strife.

  2. mutiny

    To rise against lawful authority in the military service; to excite, or to be guilty of mutiny, or mutinous conduct; to revolt against one’s superior officer or rightful authority.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mutiny in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mutiny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mutiny in a Sentence

  1. San Aung:

    His writings do not comply with the characteristics of the section he was charged with, it didn't cause mutiny or disrespect within the military.

  2. Tim Parlatore:

    This case is not about murder, it's about mutiny.

  3. Grover Cleveland:

    The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.

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