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mutiny

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈmjuː.tɪ.ni/ us    /-t̬ɪ-/
an occasion when a group of people, especially soldiers or sailors, refuses to obey orders and/or attempts to take control from people in authority: Conditions on the ship were often very bad, and crews were on the point of mutiny. There were rumours of mutiny among the troops. Soldiers crushed mutinies in three jails.Taking action against people in power
mutinous
adjective uk   /-nəs/ us  
The mutinous sailors took control of the ship.Taking action against people in powerDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantBad and wrong behaviour

mutiny

verb [I] uk   /ˈmjuː.tɪ.ni/ us    /-t̬ɪ-/
to take part in a mutiny: The crew mutinied and murdered the ship's captain. The troops mutinied against their officers.Taking action against people in power
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