riotous

adjective

ri·​ot·​ous ˈrī-ə-təs How to pronounce riotous (audio)
1
a
: of the nature of a riot : turbulent
b
: participating in riot
2
: abundant, exuberant
the garden was riotous with flowers
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 The focus of this new book comes from two or so years of traveling around the world photographing subjects in their homes, but with a very riotous addition to the frame: children. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2024 Under Stanislavsky’s direction, two years later, the play was a riotous success. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 With its riotous beat and shout-along hook, the song immediately took off on streaming, even rising to the No. 1 spot on Apple Music’s realtime chart on Saturday. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 20 Mar. 2024 Peonies, avens, and geraniums in riotous colors lead the way. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2024 The area was once a riotous tangle of green trees and rare plants that more closely resembled a forest than a desert. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The subcommittee's review also noted that the crossbeam and noose weren't added to the wood base until the 1 p.m. hour — the same hour when the riotous mob began attacking police officers and advancing toward and beyond the police line. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 18 Mar. 2024 But compared with the riotous diversity of a rainforest, the columns — like brigades of upright feather dusters — can become as monotonous as elevator music. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Almost three decades before, Spike Lee’s similarly provocative Do the Right Thing articulated its own unsafe idea (riotous anger is warranted) so effectively that people feared the movie would incite violence. Kishori Rajan, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Riotous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riotous. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

riotous

adjective
ri·​ot·​ous ˈrī-ət-əs How to pronounce riotous (audio)
1
a
: of the nature of a riot
b
: taking part in rioting
2
: abundant
a garden riotous with flowers
riotously adverb

Legal Definition

riotous

adjective
ri·​ot·​ous ˈrī-ə-təs How to pronounce riotous (audio)
1
: of the nature of a riot
riotous conduct
2
: participating in a riot
a riotous assemblage

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