December 13, 2018
mutiny (noun)
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What does it mean?
: refusal to obey authority; especially : a military outbreak against officers in charge
How do you use it?
Several movies have been made about a famous mutiny that took place aboard the British ship H.M.S. Bounty in 1789.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "mutiny"?

Don't fight the urge to pick D. "Mutiny" usually applies to an outbreak against authority at sea. ("Several members of the ship's crew were discovered planning a mutiny.") "Rebellion," on the other hand, suggests one that is serious and widespread, but often does not succeed. ("The rebellion lasted a year before the government put it down.") "Revolution" and "uprising" are two more words that belong in this group. "Revolution" indicates a successful rebellion that ends in a major change. ("The 1776 declaration began a revolution that resulted in American independence.") "Uprising," however, suggests a rebellion that quickly fails. ("Uprisings in the outlying areas were quickly suppressed.")
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