Definition of mutiny in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘The mutiny of the sailors at Kronstadt near Petrograd in March 1921 triggered a change in general policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The long, grueling war caused the mutiny of the French Foreign Legion units whose mission was to retain Algeria as a French colony.’
    • ‘Naval victories after these mutinies overshadow their significance.’
    • ‘The abolition of nobility was the last straw for many, and the military mutinies of that year produced an exodus of disgusted officers.’
    • ‘The Philippine government on Tuesday set up a commission to investigate a mutiny by junior military officers and enlisted personnel over the weekend.’
    • ‘Many of those problems sparked an officer-led mutiny in July.’
    • ‘This brought about a mutiny led by a group of officers based in Algeria.’
    • ‘All the fundamental issues that gave rise to both the student-led protest and the military mutiny remain.’
    • ‘In these two officers' cases, we don't see an attempted mutiny nor do we see a direct challenge to the war effort.’
    • ‘Within a week the mutiny had spread to revolution in every big city in Germany.’
    • ‘Three days after the start of the mutiny, the 75 soldiers surrendered.’
    • ‘In recent months there have been mutinies on British ships, so the officers are ill-at-ease.’
    • ‘Gulliver's own sailors declare a mutiny on his power and tie him up, conspiring against him, making him their prisoner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1983, he was sent back to the south to quell a mutiny of soldiers.’
    • ‘The mutiny, a series of sieges, consisted of small unit actions and major battles.’
    • ‘Army mutinies and strikes by civil servants over salary arrears dominated events during 1991 and 1992.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Britain was finally forced out of India in 1947 after a naval mutiny, demonstrations and strikes.’
    insurrection, rebellion, revolt, riot, revolution, uprising, rising, coup, coup d'état, putsch, protest, strike
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  • Refuse to obey the orders of a person in authority.

    ‘thousands of the soldiers mutinied over the non-payment of wages’
    • ‘The rear echelons of the army mutinied and seized the crossings over the Rhine.’
    • ‘But when Greek army and navy units mutinied in Egypt in April 1944 there were a number of deaths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1820 Spanish troops being sent to the colonies mutinied and proclaimed a new democratic constitution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the army then mutinied and refused to fight any more offensives.’
    • ‘By 1917 the French army was so shaken that it mutinied, that is to say, it refused to accept further offensive orders.’
    • ‘When he ordered his men to leave this landing, they mutinied and could not leave before reinforcements arrived.’
    • ‘There are not many soldiers in the world, then or now, who would not have mutinied at the mere suggestion of such a thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the army and the police have mutinied.’
    • ‘The loss of the colonies in America deprived the government of a major source of income, and his troops mutinied.’
    • ‘Seven hundred men of 5th light infantry located in Singapore mutinied on February 15, 1915 and got hold of the fort.’
    • ‘In the recent fighting, the army mutinied and many police joined the rebels.’
    • ‘In March 1978 one Afghan infantry division mutinied and joined a small but growing rebel force.’
    • ‘Standing on the Channel coast in AD 43, the army of the Emperor Claudius mutinied at the order to cross the ocean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘En route to their operational area, they mutinied and the battalions were deemed combat ineffective.’
    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’.