Definition of mutiny in English:


nounPlural mutinies

  • An open rebellion against the proper authorities, especially by soldiers or sailors against their officers.

    ‘a mutiny by those manning the weapons could trigger a global war’
    mass noun ‘the crew were on the verge of mutiny’
    • ‘Army mutinies and strikes by civil servants over salary arrears dominated events during 1991 and 1992.’
    • ‘Many of those problems sparked an officer-led mutiny in July.’
    • ‘I don't know if you've got it in your quotes, but I also said at the time, there would be a mutiny in my office, which there was to some degree.’
    • ‘The mutiny, a series of sieges, consisted of small unit actions and major battles.’
    • ‘In these two officers' cases, we don't see an attempted mutiny nor do we see a direct challenge to the war effort.’
    • ‘Gulliver's own sailors declare a mutiny on his power and tie him up, conspiring against him, making him their prisoner.’
    • ‘Naval victories after these mutinies overshadow their significance.’
    • ‘Britain was finally forced out of India in 1947 after a naval mutiny, demonstrations and strikes.’
    • ‘After France cut back on economic aid and withdrew its troops in the mid-1990s, there has been a series of army mutinies and coup attempts.’
    • ‘But, while his own rebels threaten a mutiny to dwarf the rebellion of last week, he will at least argue that he did attempt to bring the international community along with him.’
    • ‘Three days after the start of the mutiny, the 75 soldiers surrendered.’
    • ‘The mutiny of the sailors at Kronstadt near Petrograd in March 1921 triggered a change in general policy.’
    • ‘Within a week the mutiny had spread to revolution in every big city in Germany.’
    • ‘The abolition of nobility was the last straw for many, and the military mutinies of that year produced an exodus of disgusted officers.’
    • ‘The long, grueling war caused the mutiny of the French Foreign Legion units whose mission was to retain Algeria as a French colony.’
    • ‘In 1983, he was sent back to the south to quell a mutiny of soldiers.’
    • ‘The Philippine government on Tuesday set up a commission to investigate a mutiny by junior military officers and enlisted personnel over the weekend.’
    • ‘In recent months there have been mutinies on British ships, so the officers are ill-at-ease.’
    • ‘All the fundamental issues that gave rise to both the student-led protest and the military mutiny remain.’
    • ‘This brought about a mutiny led by a group of officers based in Algeria.’
    insurrection, rebellion, revolt, riot, revolution, uprising, rising, coup, coup d'état, putsch, protest, strike
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verbmutinying, mutinies, mutinied

[no object]
  • Refuse to obey the orders of a person in authority.

    ‘thousands of the soldiers mutinied over the non-payment of wages’
    • ‘In the first week of July, the army mutinied against the remaining white officers that lead the Congolese army and numerous attacks took place against Europeans in general.’
    • ‘In 1820 Spanish troops being sent to the colonies mutinied and proclaimed a new democratic constitution.’
    • ‘A British success would have gone someway to improving the morale of the French army that had mutinied in that year - an ally supporting an ally.’
    • ‘Most of the army then mutinied and refused to fight any more offensives.’
    • ‘In March 1978 one Afghan infantry division mutinied and joined a small but growing rebel force.’
    • ‘When he ordered his men to leave this landing, they mutinied and could not leave before reinforcements arrived.’
    • ‘Disgusted with his chronic lack of leadership, the troops mutinied and both the young man and his mother were killed.’
    • ‘In the weeks following it he was forced into hiding when, encouraged by the events in Zanzibar, his army mutinied against its British officers.’
    • ‘Standing on the Channel coast in AD 43, the army of the Emperor Claudius mutinied at the order to cross the ocean.’
    • ‘But when Greek army and navy units mutinied in Egypt in April 1944 there were a number of deaths.’
    • ‘En route to their operational area, they mutinied and the battalions were deemed combat ineffective.’
    • ‘The loss of the colonies in America deprived the government of a major source of income, and his troops mutinied.’
    • ‘By 1917 the French army was so shaken that it mutinied, that is to say, it refused to accept further offensive orders.’
    • ‘Seven hundred men of 5th light infantry located in Singapore mutinied on February 15, 1915 and got hold of the fort.’
    • ‘At the end of 1918 when she was ordered to sea her crew mutinied, joining the rest of the German Fleet in refusing to obey orders.’
    • ‘The rear echelons of the army mutinied and seized the crossings over the Rhine.’
    • ‘In the recent fighting, the army mutinied and many police joined the rebels.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the army and the police have mutinied.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, units of the army mutinied, civil war broke out, cities and villages rose in revolt and Afghanistan began to slip away from Moscow's control and influence.’
    • ‘There are not many soldiers in the world, then or now, who would not have mutinied at the mere suggestion of such a thing.’
    rise up, rebel, revolt, riot, take part in an insurrection, take part in an uprising, oppose authority, resist authority, defy authority, disobey authority, refuse to obey orders
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Mid 16th century: from obsolete mutine ‘rebellion’, from French mutin ‘mutineer’, based on Latin movere ‘to move’.