AskDefine | Define revolute

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Etymology 1

From Latin revolutus, past participle of revolvo "roll back".


  1. Rolled or recurved on itself.


  1. to roll back, curve upwards

Etymology 2

back-form revolution


  1. to participate in or incite a revolution or revolt


  • 1893, Daily Evening Expositor, editorial, January 28
    The Hawaiians have ‘revoluted’ and dethroned the fat squaw they have hitherto chosen to call a queen.
  • 1996, Lester D. Langley, The Banana Men: American Mercenaries and Entrepreneurs in Central America, 1880-1930
    Christmas always thought himself a “patriotic American,” but, as he saw the matter, a little “revoluting” on behalf of his benefactors—Manuel Bonilla and Estrada Cabrera—in no sense harmed the interestes of the United States.
  • 2000, Barbara Bush, Imperialism, Race and Resistance: Africa and Britain 1919-1945
    Achimota was Fraser’s life’s work, evidence that ‘the glorious West African people’ were gradually changing their conditions by ‘evolving not revoluting [sic]’.
  • 2003, Ed McClanahan, Famous People I Have Known
    I rocked and rolled. I ingested illicit substances. I revoluted.
  • 2004, Samuel Hopkins Adams, The Unspeakable Perk
    “Pins through scarabs,” she laughed, “while beneath you Caracuna riots and revolutes and massacres foreigners.



  1. Feminine plural form of revoluto
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