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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a revolting idea for a situation comedy
▪ Remember that three piece suite Mrs Killeen had? It was grey and mustard. It was absolutely revolting!
▪ The smell from the river was revolting.
▪ Who's that TV presenter who always wears those revolting sweaters?
▪ Entities zoom around in simulated three-dimensional space, colliding with each other, shooting each other down, swallowing each other amid revolting noises.
▪ He thought she had a growth, or was losing her innards in some revolting way.
▪ I said to myself that the world is revolting and man is pitiful.
▪ Of course we were fascinated by revolting food, and liked inventing horror meals.
▪ The annoying thing was that the revolting youth had put his finger on a significant point.
▪ Then, as the revolting mess began to ooze out, Helen drew back and shut her eyes.
▪ They have spent all their money on gewgaws and revolting tinned restaurant meals.
▪ Who else would persuade me to care for his revolting Manrico, a creature who consumes at least two sheep hearts a day.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Revolt \Re*volt"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Revolted; p. pr. & vb. n. Revolting.] [Cf. F. r['e]voller, It. rivoltare. See Revolt, n.]

  1. To turn away; to abandon or reject something; specifically, to turn away, or shrink, with abhorrence.

    But this got by casting pearl to hogs, That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood, And still revolt when trith would set them free.

    His clear intelligence revolted from the dominant sophisms of that time.
    --J. Morley.

  2. Hence, to be faithless; to desert one party or leader for another; especially, to renounce allegiance or subjection; to rise against a government; to rebel.

    Our discontented counties do revolt.

    Plant those that have revolted in the van.

  3. To be disgusted, shocked, or grossly offended; hence, to feel nausea; -- with at; as, the stomach revolts at such food; his nature revolts at cruelty.


Revolting \Re*volt"ing\, a. Causing abhorrence mixed with disgust; exciting extreme repugnance; loathsome; as, revolting cruelty. -- Re*volt"ing*ly, adv.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "that revolts, given to revolt, rebellious," present participle adjective from revolt (v.). Sense of "repulsive" is from 1806. Related: Revoltingly.

  1. Which revolts or is repelling. n. The action of the verb '''to revolt'''. v

  2. (present participle of revolt English)


adj. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench" [syn: disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, skanky, wicked, yucky]

Usage examples of "revolting".

For Ippolit is revolting not against the iniquities of a social order but, anticipating Kirillov and Ivan Karamazov, against a world in which death, and hence immitigable human suffering, is an inescapable reality.

I mean these malpractice suits springing up like weeds I mean you standing right there talking Oscar out of bringing a malpractice suit worried about Sam, about our friend Sam and this whole revolting self regulating conspiracy is that when he did it?

He was soon back there again, however, with recruited forces, and for years afterwards the war went on, with variations of failure and success, the Spanish general Morillo treating the people who fell into his hands with revolting cruelty.

These factors, he alleged, and the revolting spectacles offered by our streets, hideous publicity posters, religious ministers of all denominations, mutilated soldiers and sailors, exposed scorbutic cardrivers, the suspended carcases of dead animals, paranoic bachelors and unfructified duennas--these, he said, were accountable for any and every fallingoff in the calibre of the race.

A revolting sansevieria plant occupied the sill with its stiff spiky clump.

So unbridled are the passions, so general the demolition, so terrible the havoc, that hard-headed individuals argue that so complete a chaos and such revolting outrages could only be affected by persons who were enthusiasts in their own cause and who had some very definite aims thus positively to pursue.

It was his somewhat revolting hope that some day by means of this fluid he would be able to produce a fluoroscopic camera film.

The revolting masses, their desire for liberation, their experiments to construct alternatives, and their instances of constituent power have all at their best moments pointed toward the internationalization and globalization of relationships, beyond the divisions of national, colonial, and imperialist rule.

Judson took upon herself the task of acquiring a new language, in order to instruct the Peguans, a people who had put themselves under the protection of the British, after revolting against the Burmans.

In many cases of revolting murder investigations will show that the crimes were committed by innocent persons under the control of disembodied spirits who had taken complete possession of the murderer.

While the common throng would unquestioningly receive all these ridiculous and revolting particulars, they could not but provoke doubt, satire, flat rejection, from the bolder and keener wits.

Occasionally Miss Abbott had to act as interpreter between the lovers, and the situation became uncouth and revolting in the extreme.

Not only were the Enforcers woefully overmatched, despite their mind-deadening devices, the existence of so many Clan revolting against the Council was, to quote Barac, not Human business.

The man of refinement, therefore, finds nothing revolting in an intercourse with the lower orders in rural life, as he does when he casually mingles with the lower orders of cities.

But it was maintained that so many dehumanizing ideas were mixed up with his conceptions of man, and so many diabolizing attributes embodied in his imagination of the Deity, that his system of beliefs was tainted throughout by them, and that the fact of his being so remarkable a logician recoiled on the premises which pointed his inexorable syllogisms to such revolting conclusions.