Revolted vs angered: when you revolt against

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

Which option is appropriate (idiomatic) to use when somebody has revolted against a situation or other people?

= to act in a way that shows that you do not accept the control or influence of someone or something. [Merriam Webster]

a. John is revolted. He said he will try to do something to end this injustice.


b. John is angered. He said he will try to do something to end this injustice.

Thank you in advance!
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I much prefer rebel against to revolt against, although this can be used.
    But we would not say John is revolted. It would have to be John has rebelled (or perhaps revolted).

    You may be thinking of someone being revolted at something. For example, John is revolted at/by the enormous waste of money.


    Senior Member
    English - US
    When we say someone feels revolted or that something is revolting, we often are thinking of this meaning:
    revolt (Word Reference dictionary):
    2. (usually passive) to feel or cause to feel revulsion, disgust, or abhorrence
    • causing revulsion; nauseating, disgusting, or repulsive
    • informal unpleasant or nasty
    It sounds like you are saying "John is disgusted" not "John is rebellious."
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