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 Seven people died during and after the Capitol riot. David Mcfadden, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Seven people died during and after the Capitol riot. David Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 27 July 2021 Lawyers for New York City argued Monday that the city’s decision to end the Trump Organization’s contract to operate a Bronx golf course was lawful because attracting top tournaments wasn’t possible after the Capitol riot. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, 27 July 2021 Both Irving and Stenger, along with the chief of the Capitol Police at the time, Steven Sund, resigned under pressure after the riot. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2021 Manger replaces acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, who took over one day after the riot. Nikole Killion, CBS News, 24 July 2021 In the weeks after the riot, Capitol Police officers were shell-shocked and wounded, both physically and psychologically. Rachel Janfaza, CNN, 23 July 2021 Her votes occurred hours after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Dallas News, 20 July 2021 Six months after the riot, Capitol Police touted the changes the agency had made to better prepare for such incidents. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was arrested on charges of battery on a police officer, incitement to riot and disorderly conduct. NBC News, 21 Mar. 2021 The recipients of said aid are unhappy and starting to riot, and between the threat of military action from Gilead and an unhappy mob, things aren’t looking great. Erik Kain, Forbes, 19 May 2021 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

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riot. Accessed 31 Jul. 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

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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