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riot

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noun ri·ot \ˈrī-ət\

Simple Definition of riot

  • : a situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way

  • : a place that is filled with something

  • : someone or something that is very funny

Full Definition of riot

  1. 1 archaic a :  profligate behavior :  debauchery b :  unrestrained revelry c :  noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers

  2. 2 a :  public violence, tumult, or disorder b :  a violent public disorder; specifically :  a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent

  3. 3 :  a random or disorderly profusion <the woods were a riot of color>

  4. 4 :  one that is wildly amusing <the new comedy is a riot>

Examples of riot

  1. The news about the election caused a riot in the city.

  2. A lot of property was damaged in the recent riots.

  3. The woods are a riot of color in the autumn.

  4. The movie was an absolute riot.



Origin of riot

Middle English, from Anglo-French riote rash action, noise, disorder


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with riot


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riot

verb ri·ot

Simple Definition of riot

  • of a group of people : to behave in a violent and uncontrolled way

Full Definition of riot

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to indulge in revelry or wantonness

  3. 2 :  to create or engage in a riot

ri·ot·er noun

Examples of riot

  1. Students rioted after their team lost the football game.



14th Century

First Known Use of riot

14th century




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