riot

noun
ri·​ot | \ ˈrī-ət How to pronounce riot (audio) \

Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : public violence, tumult, or disorder
2 : a random or disorderly profusion the woods were a riot of color
3 : one that is wildly amusing the new comedy is a riot
4 archaic
a : profligate behavior : debauchery
b : unrestrained revelry
c : noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers

riot

verb
rioted; rioting; riots

Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to create or engage in a riot
2 : to indulge in revelry or wantonness

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Verb

rioter noun

Synonyms for riot

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of riot in a Sentence

Noun The news about the election caused a riot in the city. A lot of property was damaged in the recent riots. The woods are a riot of color in the autumn. The movie was an absolute riot. Verb Students rioted after their team lost the football game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since the insurrection, prosecutors have charged numerous members of far-right extremist groups in connection with the riot. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 11 June 2021 Lila's job announcement comes over six months after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that where more than 100 officers were injured. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Evans was charged Wednesday in federal court for striking a protester in the back of the head with a riot stick last May during the Breonna Taylor demonstrations. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2021 Is further investigation needed into the circumstances surrounding the riot on Jan. 6? Alexa Corse, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Democrats and a minority of GOP leaders consider the Jan. 6 riot in a category all its own. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 8 June 2021 About 140 law enforcement officers reported injuries from the riot. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, 8 June 2021 Some Republican senators planned to support the invalidation of the election before the Capitol riot changed their mind. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. reporter Scott McFarlane, who has been chronicling the hundreds of arrests and court cases resulting from the riot, tweeted Monday that the feds are arresting, on average, 3 people per day. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats on Monday planned to deliver an impeachment article to the Senate, setting in motion a trial next month on a charge that Mr. Trump incited his followers to riot and attack the Capitol on Jan. 6. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2021 Nationalists and Loyalists riot against one another at the Peace Wall interface gates which divide the two communities on April 7, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Billy Perrigo, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 Bolton also plans to tell lawmakers there was a lack of consensus about the reality of the threat leading up to riot. Whitney Wild, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 Yohuru Williams, professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, said people shouldn't be shocked or surprised people rioted after Floyd's death and may continue to riot. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 Harrison was arrested and charged with battery on a police officer, incitement to riot, and disorderly conduct. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 James Harrison, 19, was arrested on charges of battery on a police officer, incitement to riot, and disorderly conduct after allegedly failing to leave after officers asked. NBC News, 8 Mar. 2021 Quentin Cash of San Diego quickly took him into custody on a charge of inciting to riot. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 The suit alleges the former president is guilty of directing assault and battery, aiding and abetting assault and battery, directing intentional infliction of emotional distress, incitement to riot, and disorderly conduct. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of riot

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for riot

Noun

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

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The first known use of riot was in the 13th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riot. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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riot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way
: a place that is filled with something
informal : someone or something that is very funny

riot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

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

riot

noun
ri·​ot | \ ˈrī-ət How to pronounce riot (audio) \

Kids Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : violent and uncontrolled public behavior by a group of people The news sparked a riot in the city.
2 : a colorful display a riot of wildflowers
3 : someone or something that is very funny The movie was a riot.

riot

verb
rioted; rioting

Kids Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take part in violent and uncontrolled public behavior

riot

noun
ri·​ot

Legal Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a disturbance of the peace created by an assemblage of usually three or more people acting with a common purpose and in a violent and tumultuous manner to the terror of the public also : the crime of rioting

Legal Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to create or engage in a riot

Other Words from riot

rioter noun

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