The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mutiny \Mu"ti*ny\, n.; pl. Mutinies. [From mutine to mutiny,
fr. F. se mutiner, fr. F. mutin stubborn, mutinous, fr. OF.
meute riot, LL. movita, fr. movitus, for L. motus, p. p. of
movere to move. See Move.]
1. Insurrection against constituted authority, particularly
military or naval authority; concerted revolt against the
rules of discipline or the lawful commands of a superior
officer; hence, generally, forcible resistance to rightful
In every mutiny against the discipline of the
college, he was the ringleader. --Macaulay.
2. Violent commotion; tumult; strife. [Obs.]
To raise a mutiny betwixt yourselves. --Shak.
Mutiny act (Law), an English statute reenacted annually to
punish mutiny and desertion. --Wharton.
Syn: See Insurrection.