Definition of mutineer in English:



  • A person, especially a soldier or sailor, who rebels or refuses to obey the orders of a person in authority.

    ‘those who resisted were denounced as mutineers and treated accordingly’
    • ‘Sent to capture the Bounty mutineers, Pandora sank in 1791, intact, in deep water after striking the Barrier Reef.’
    • ‘The Nore mutineers even blockaded the mouth of the Thames.’
    • ‘But she said the mutineers would still face court-martial proceedings.’
    • ‘A major exception was the Baltic Fleet, where mutineers murdered many officers.’
    • ‘Pitcairn Island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.’
    • ‘In any case, the insurrection ended with negotiations and, without a shot being fired, the mutineers returned to their barracks with their weapons and explosives.’
    • ‘The unrest spread with the inflated belief that success was with the mutineers.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the peasants' militia had been destroyed when they loyally opposed the Guangxi mutineers.’
    • ‘A ceasefire is signed four weeks after mutineers and exsoldiers staged an uprising.’
    • ‘The first Europeans to spy its jagged, jungle-clad peaks and encircling reef were the mutineers of HMS Bounty.’
    • ‘And, to our immense relief, the traitorous mutineers left for Petrograd.’
    • ‘In the ensuing counteroffensive, four soldiers were killed and four mutineers were beaten to death after being captured.’
    • ‘By sunset, 22 mutineers had surrendered - three officers and 19 enlisted personnel, Reyes said.’
    • ‘While they were gone, an English ship anchored near the island and eleven men came ashore, three of them - the ship's captain, his mate, and a passenger - as prisoners of mutineers.’
    • ‘Pitcairn, a dot in the sea about halfway between New Zealand and Peru, is home to 47 permanent residents, some of them direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers.’
    • ‘Her mission had started two years previously when she left Britain with orders to arrest the mutineers.’
    • ‘What I'm saying here is that we need to do something akin to a strategic decimation for mutineers.’
    • ‘During the Indian Mutiny of 1857 he sided with the mutineers in Delhi, and for this crime he was tried by the British and exiled to Rangoon, where he died.’
    • ‘There had been a mutiny on board, and the mutineers had taken the ship off in search of a fabled lost civilization.’
    • ‘Or they were acting on their own authority, in which case they are the equivalent of mutineers, deserters, or traitors in the field.’
    rebel, revolutionary, revolutionist, agitator, subversive, guerrilla, anarchist, terrorist, bioterrorist, narcoterrorist, ecoterrorist, cyberterrorist, agroterrorist, rioter
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Early 17th century: from French mutinier, from mutin ‘rebellious’, from muete ‘movement’, based on Latin movere ‘to move’.