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riot

noun ri·ot \ ˈrī-ət \

Definition of riot

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

Examples of riot in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of riot

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

riot Synonyms


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riot

verb

Definition of riot

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

rioter

noun

Examples of riot in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of riot from the Web

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First Known Use of riot

14th century


RIOT Defined for English Language Learners

riot

noun

Definition of riot for English Language Learners

  • : 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


riot

verb

Definition of riot for English Language Learners

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


RIOT Defined for Kids

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riot

noun ri·ot \ ˈrī-ət \

Definition of riot for Students

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.

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riot

verb

Definition of riot for Students

rioted; rioting
:to take part in violent and uncontrolled public behavior

Law Dictionary

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riot

noun ri·ot

legal Definition of riot

: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

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riot

intransitive verb

legal Definition of riot

:to create or engage in a riot

rioter

noun


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