ri·​ot·​ous | \ ˈrī-ə-təs How to pronounce riotous (audio) \

Definition of riotous

1a : of the nature of a riot : turbulent
b : participating in riot
2 : abundant, exuberant the garden was riotous with flowers

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Other Words from riotous

riotously adverb
riotousness noun

Examples of riotous in a Sentence

a riotous profusion of flowers his riotous mugging always has everyone in hysterics
Recent Examples on the Web Gonzalez introduced the first bill in the wake of protests in La Mesa that turned riotous in May 2020 — three buildings burned, several stores were looted days after George Floyd died — and the demonstrations that followed in San Diego. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 But there was little of the riotous opulence for which the restaurant is known. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 It’s a sentiment that applies just as much to Daddy’s Home, especially with the delight Clark seems to find in describing her riotous cast of characters in all their grimy, glorious detail. Liam Hess, Vogue, 17 May 2021 Premiering on Mother’s Day (May 9), her Showtime variety series, Ziwe, is the riotous culmination of all of her talents and passions. Clarkisha Kent,, 10 May 2021 Just a few weeks ago, Representative Liz Cheney survived her vote to impeach Donald Trump for his actions instigating the riotous events of January 6. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 5 May 2021 The crowds were mostly peaceful but some demonstrators threw objects at police or engaged in other riotous behavior. Fox News, 30 Apr. 2021 The Huepers attended the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally that preceded the riotous invasion of the Capitol, which left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021 This unceasingly riotous action-movie parody can be viewed in any state, but the aura and intensity of Will Forte as MacGruber — who is actually kind of the villain of this movie — is mind-blowing. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of riotous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of riotous was in the 15th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Riotous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of riotous

of a group of people : behaving in a violent and uncontrolled way
: very exciting, fun, or full of energy
: existing or occurring in large amounts


ri·​ot·​ous | \ ˈrī-ə-təs How to pronounce riotous (audio) \

Legal Definition of riotous

1 : of the nature of a riot riotous conduct
2 : participating in a riot a riotous assemblage


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