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 Now, the soaring ceilings, decorated arches, and granite pillars were covered with riotous wrap-around 3-D projections. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 Less visible is the private weariness and anguish felt by many black people in the country, some of whom are either too fearful for their health to join the protests or who may disagree with the methods of some of the most riotous demonstrators. Anchorage Daily News, "African Americans feel private grief as they contend with racism, virus," 1 June 2020 It’s the second consecutive night that San Francisco has implemented a curfew in an effort to clamp down on the kind of riotous destruction and looting that took place in the city on Saturday night. Dominic Fracassa,, "For 2nd night in a row, San Francisco goes under curfew Monday to prevent looting," 1 June 2020 Still, black people understand the utility of riotous rebellion: Violence compels a response. Kellie Carter Jackson, The Atlantic, "The Double Standard of the American Riot," 1 June 2020 Those who hijack this peaceful process by organizing, inciting or participating in riotous behavior and civil unrest will be brought to justice. Carol Robinson |, al, "Federal charges eyed after rioters damage U.S. courthouses in Birmingham," 1 June 2020 The demand for justice from the sports world went international Sunday, after days of frustrated, sometimes riotous protests crisscrossed America following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Years later, groundswell of sports figures and institutions follow Kaepernick's lead," 31 May 2020 This riotous, hard to control, occasionally violent little boy was also scared of loud noises. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "Love and Anger," 23 Dec. 2019 Silent Madness’s riotous, multimedia spectacle features more ambitious collaborations. Vogue, "Mowalola Launches Her Anarchic London Exhibition With the Help of Skepta and Yves Tumor," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of riotous

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

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26 Jun 2020

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“Riotous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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