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

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 The panel has laid out the factual groundwork that shows Trump and some of his acolytes set the stage for and encouraged the riotous mob. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 Outside is a prototypical late Arkansas springtime, the season of renewal, riotous in greenery and bloom, fulfilling the promises made in winter. Dwain Hebda, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 In one scene from Elvis, Baz Luhrmann’s riotous remixing of the life of the man considered the king of rock ’n’ roll, Austin Butler, assuming the role of Elvis Presley, is made to perform in a tuxedo with tails. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 23 June 2022 Fledgeling interior design studio Perifio decorated a guest room in their Hudson, New York, retreat with a riotous pattern of dancing cranes, courtesy of Milton & King. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 13 May 2022 This level of autonomy felt riotous and profuse, like vegetation in an Amazonian jungle. New York Times, 9 June 2022 After so many months spent in quarantine, Friedberg is ready to bring her riotous show to stages across the pond. Kat Bein, SPIN, 25 May 2022 The toads and birds were riotous, including a hummingbird that darted around a red yucca. Florence Williams, Outside Online, 1 Jan. 2020 The film, produced by Bright Yellow Films, Samson Films and Groove Intl., tracks Harris’ career, which was overshadowed by a reputation for drinking and riotous behavior. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of riotous

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

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14 Aug 2022

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“Riotous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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