v. re·volt·ed, re·volt·ing, re·volts
1. To attempt to overthrow the authority of the state; rebel.
2. To oppose or refuse to accept something: revolting against high taxes.
3. To feel disgust or repugnance: was revolted by the gory movie.
To fill with disgust or abhorrence; repel. See Synonyms at disgust.
1. An uprising, especially against state authority; a rebellion.
2. An act of protest or rejection.
3. The state of a person or persons in rebellion: students in revolt over administrative policies.
[French revolter, from Italian rivoltare, to turn round, from Vulgar Latin *revolvitāre, frequentative of Latin revolvere, to turn over; see REVOLVE.]
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