Definition of revolt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈvəʊlt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊlt//
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[countable, uncountable] a protest against authority, especially that of a government, often involving violence; the action of protesting against authority synonym uprising the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 to lead/stage a revolt The army quickly crushed the revolt. the biggest back-bench revolt this government has ever seen Attempts to negotiate peace ended in armed revolt. (formal) The people rose in revolt. See related entries: Protest Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French révolte (noun), révolter (verb), from Italian rivoltare, based on Latin revolvere ‘roll back’, from re- ‘back’ (also expressing intensive force) + volvere ‘roll’.Extra examples Revolt broke out when the government decided to raise the price of bread. The Great Revolt of 1381 may have been caused by attempts to keep wages down. The farmers rose in revolt. The party leadership is facing open revolt. The regime was finally overthrown by a popular revolt. The revolt was suppressed with total ruthlessness. There was a general revolt against the leadership at the party congress. There was a widespread revolt against the party leadership. a revolt by backbenchers a student-led revolt revolt within the party the farmers’ revolt over imported meat the revolt against the new tax the revolt against the poll tax in Britain 27 members of the Bohemian nobility led the revolt against Ferdinand II. A shareholders’ revolt against the chairman led to senior management changes. The Peasants Revolt of 1381 was the first popular uprising in England.
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