Borrowed from French révolter, from Italian rivoltare, itself either from ri- with the verb voltare, or possibly from a Vulgar Latin *revoltāre < *revolvitāre, for *revolūtāre, frequentative of Latin revolvō (“roll back”) (through its past participle revolūtus).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪvɒlt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪvəʊlt/
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- Rhymes: -əʊlt
- To rebel, particularly against authority.
The farmers had to revolt against the government to get what they deserved.
- Our discontented counties do revolt.
- To repel greatly.
Your brother revolts me!
- This abominable medley is made rather to revolt young and ingenuous minds.
- J. Morley
- To derive delight from what inflicts pain on any sentient creature revolted his conscience and offended his reason.
- To cause to turn back; to roll or drive back; to put to flight.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- (intransitive) To be disgusted, shocked, or grossly offended; hence, to feel nausea; used with at.
The stomach revolts at such food; his nature revolts at cruelty.
- To turn away; to abandon or reject something; specifically, to turn away, or shrink, with abhorrence.
- Still revolt when truth would set them free.
- J. Morley
- His clear intelligence revolted from the dominant sophisms of that time.
- an act of revolt