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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).



revolt (third-person singular simple present revolts, present participle revolting, simple past and past participle revolted)

  1. To rebel, particularly against authority.
    The farmers had to revolt against the government to get what they deserved.
  2. To repel greatly.
    Your brother revolts me!
    • (Can we date this quote?) Burke
      This abominable medley is made rather to revolt young and ingenuous minds.
    • (Can we date this quote?) J. Morley
      To derive delight from what inflicts pain on any sentient creature revolted his conscience and offended his reason.
  3. 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?)
  4. (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.
  5. To turn away; to abandon or reject something; specifically, to turn away, or shrink, with abhorrence.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Still revolt when truth would set them free.
    • (Can we date this quote?) J. Morley
      His clear intelligence revolted from the dominant sophisms of that time.



revolt (countable and uncountable, plural revolts)

  1. An act of revolt.
    Synonyms: insurrection, rebellion


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Borrowed from French révolte.


rèvolt m (Cyrillic spelling рѐволт)

  1. revolt