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

Other Words from riot

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two top lawyers who worked in the Trump White House, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy, Pat Philbin, earlier this month testified before a grand jury investigating what preceded the riot. Scott Patterson, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2022 After glancing at the television coverage of the Capitol riot, Lucy can’t bear to watch more. Laura Miller, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 The President’s calls to action have been widely interpreted as echoing the election-denying rhetoric of former US President Donald Trump, whose convocation of supporters in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, preceded a riot on Capitol Hill. Rodrigo Pedroso, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 In North Carolina, a federal judge blocked the state elections board from formally examining whether U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who spoke at the rally that preceded the riot, should remain on the state’s May 17 primary ballot. Morgan Lee, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2022 Pruitt was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor on the day of the riot. Nathan Ellgren, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2022 The guilty plea comes on the heels of a series of hearings by the congressional Jan. 6 committee, which presented new evidence concerning Trump’s actions ahead of the Capitol riot, as well as his inaction during the insurrection. Fortune, 18 Aug. 2022 Rolling Stone, quoting unnamed sources, reported Wednesday evening that the Jan. 6 committee was preparing to subpoena the data from the parents’ attorneys to assist in the investigation of the deadly riot. Jim Vertuno, Chron, 5 Aug. 2022 Rolling Stone, quoting unnamed sources, reported Wednesday evening that the Jan. 6 committee was preparing to subpoena the data from the parents’ attorneys to assist in the investigation of the deadly riot. Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has been increasing in Idaho and around the U.S. in recent months, and earlier this year 31 members of a white supremacist group were arrested outside of a northern Idaho Pride event for allegedly planning to riot. Rebecca Boone, ajc, 10 Sep. 2022 In northern Idaho, police arrested 31 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front for planning to riot at a local Pride event. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Most notably, police arrested 31 people at an annual LGBTQ Pride in the Park event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, last month on charges of suspicion of conspiracy to riot. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 12 July 2022 In June, police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, arrested 31 Patriot Front members suspected of planning to riot at a Pride celebration, including Rousseau and another Texas leader, Graham Whitson, who handles video production for the group. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2022 The group was apparently planning to riot at the event, and police have even received death threats since the arrest of these members. Darreonna Davis, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Undercover officers heard rumors that the group planned to riot at Steelyard Commons, although that never materialized. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2020 All of the men — hailing from nearly a dozen states — were booked and released on misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot and are awaiting court appearances. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 15 June 2022 Police say men linked to a White supremacist group planned to riot. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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29 Sep 2022

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“Riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riot. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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

riot

intransitive verb

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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