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REVOLT, crim. law. The act of congress of April 30, 1790, s. 8, 1 Story's L. U. S. 84, punishes with death any seaman who shall lay violent hands upon his commander, thereby to hinder or prevent his fighting in defence of his ship, or goods committed to his trust, or shall make a revolt in the ship. What is a revolt is not defined in the act of congress nor by the common law; it was therefore contended, that it could not be deemed an offence for which any person could be punished. 1 Pet. R. 118.
     2. In a case which occurred in the circuit court for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, the defendants were charged with an endeavour to make a revolt. The judges sent up the case to the supreme court upon a certificate of division of opinion of the judges; as to the definition of the word revolt. 4 W. C. C. R. 528. The opinion of the supreme court was delivered by Washington, J., and is in these words "This case comes before the court upon a certificate of division of the opinion of the judges of the circuit court for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, upon the following point assigned by the defendants as a reason in arrest of judgment, viz. that the act of congress does not define the offence of endeavoring to make a revolt; and it is not competent to the court to give a judicial definition of an offence heretofore unknown.
     "This court is of opinion that although the act of congress does not define this offence, it is nevertheless, competent to the court to give a judicial definition of it. We think that the offence consists in the endeavor of the crew of a vessel, or any one or more of them, to overthrow the legitimate authority of her commander, with intent to remove him from his command; or against his will to take possession of the vessel by assuming the government and navigation of her; or by transferring their obedience from the lawful commander to some other person." 11 Wheat. R. 417. Vide 4 W. C. C. R. 528, 405; Mason's R. 147 4 Mason, R. 105; 4 Wash. C. C. R. 548 1 Pet. C. C. R. 213; 5 Mason, R. 464; 1 Sumn. 448; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 525; 1 Carr. & Kirw. 429.
     3. According to Wolff, revolt and rebellion are nearly synonymous; he says it is the state of citizens who unjustly take up arms against the prince or government. Wolff, Dr. de la Nat. 1232.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He cannot be blame at all for the fact that the definitions produced by the machine were thoroughly and revoltingly tautological.
Early in Sade's Philosophy, the first time Eugenie says "I feel that I detest my mother," Saint-Ange replies, "If there is a mother in the world who should be detested, it is surely yours!" Going on to list all the mother's qualities (pious, superstitious, revoltingly prudish), Saint-Ange exclaims, "Ah, my dear, how I hate virtuous women!" (43,207).
In the same column he also draws attention to New York Times writer Jonathan Kandell's "revoltingly stupid hatchet job" on Jacques Derrida's obituary.
Even Bush's abuses are frauds--not the abuses themselves, of course, which are all too revoltingly real, but the ends in whose name they are carried out.
He'llbe making some new observations and singing some new songs to add his already revoltingly hilarious repertoire including Slag, a charming Ode to his cheating girlfriend.
One woman may say in the abstract "having sex with a husband if he is having an affair is revoltingly dirty", and later sympathize with "don't be so upset about [your husband's] affair; it's only his penis".
It gets trite and revoltingly sentimental by the millionth time it's assigned.
Men's energies so often skid askew that the waitresses eye the unattached joe who strolls in for the difficulties he may pose, like intrusive flattery, a bullying gaze, as he stuffs his mouth revoltingly. But I've met waitresses who were lonelier than me.
The UK's minister for School Standards has reportedly "urged parents to take part in a talent competition in the new year to find and stretch the country's most intelligent youngsters." When I was at school we would often get hold of revoltingly brainy kids by their arms and legs and pull from each end as hard as we could, with the aim of teaching them some manners; I'm very pleased to learn that this is now government policy.
Except we were wrong because all we got was an image, not the reality - in the very moment that the television took over, the revoltingly real was rendered unreal to all those who weren't directly involved.
In the play, there is only one nice and sweet girl, Catherine of New Rochelle, and her attitude is ridiculed by the Bonfire Girls and by Schenkar who has Catherine appear "all in white, uniformless, hideously frilly, revoltingly feminine, phony as a romance novelist" (238).