Definition of mutineer in US English:



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

    • ‘There had been a mutiny on board, and the mutineers had taken the ship off in search of a fabled lost civilization.’
    • ‘The Nore mutineers even blockaded the mouth of the Thames.’
    • ‘The first Europeans to spy its jagged, jungle-clad peaks and encircling reef were the mutineers of HMS Bounty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What I'm saying here is that we need to do something akin to a strategic decimation for mutineers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Or they were acting on their own authority, in which case they are the equivalent of mutineers, deserters, or traitors in the field.’
    • ‘In the ensuing counteroffensive, four soldiers were killed and four mutineers were beaten to death after being captured.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, to our immense relief, the traitorous mutineers left for Petrograd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A ceasefire is signed four weeks after mutineers and exsoldiers staged an uprising.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pitcairn Island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.’
    • ‘Sent to capture the Bounty mutineers, Pandora sank in 1791, intact, in deep water after striking the Barrier Reef.’
    • ‘But she said the mutineers would still face court-martial proceedings.’
    • ‘A major exception was the Baltic Fleet, where mutineers murdered many officers.’
    • ‘Her mission had started two years previously when she left Britain with orders to arrest the mutineers.’
    • ‘By sunset, 22 mutineers had surrendered - three officers and 19 enlisted personnel, Reyes said.’
    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’.