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).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvoʊlt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvəʊlt/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvɒlt/
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- Rhymes: -əʊlt
- Hyphenation: re‧volt
- To rebel, particularly against authority.
- The farmers had to revolt against the government to get what they deserved.
- c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- Our discontented counties do revolt.
- To repel greatly.
- Your brother revolts me!
- 1796, Edmund Burke, Letters on a Regicide Peace
- This abominable medley is made rather to revolt young and ingenuous minds.
- 1870, John Morley, Condorcet (published in the Fortnightly Review
- 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.
- 1886, John Morley, The Life of Turgot
- His clear intelligence revolted from the dominant sophisms of that time.
rèvolt m (Cyrillic spelling рѐволт)
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