verb (used without object)
- to break away from or rise against constituted authority, as by open rebellion; cast off allegiance or subjection to those in authority; rebel; mutiny: to revolt against the present government.
- to turn away in mental rebellion, utter disgust, or abhorrence (usually followed by from): He revolts from eating meat.
- to rebel in feeling (usually followed by against): to revolt against parental authority.
- to feel horror or aversion (usually followed by at): to revolt at the sight of blood.
verb (used with object)
- to affect with disgust or abhorrence: Such low behavior revolts me.
- the act of revolting; an insurrection or rebellion.
- an expression or movement of spirited protest or dissent: a voter revolt at the polls.
- a rebellion or uprising against authority
- in revolt in the process or state of rebelling
- (intr) to rise up in rebellion against authority
- (usually passive) to feel or cause to feel revulsion, disgust, or abhorrence
1540s, from Middle French revolter (15c.), from Italian rivoltare “to overthrow, overturn,” from Vulgar Latin *revolvitare “to overturn, overthrow,” frequentative of Latin revolvere (past participle revolutus) “turn, roll back” (see revolve). Related: Revolted; revolting.
1550s, from Middle French révolte (c.1500), back formation from revolter (see revolt (v.)), or else from Italian rivolta.