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

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June 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and Gaga’s surprise appearance at the Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village was met with riotous cheers from all in attendance. Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Performs at Stonewall National Monument for WorldPride 2019," 29 June 2019 Organized by Reclaim Pride, the smaller march wants to be an expression of the more radical soul of the LGBTQ community, and to pay homage to the legacy of Stonewall by remembering its riotous, anti-establishment nature. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "There is a radical new alternative to the NYC Pride march that rejects corporate influence," 27 June 2019 The play’s popularity is in part because of all the riotous confusion caused by fairies, love potions, aspiring actors, transformations into beasts, and aphrodisiac-crazed young lovers chasing each other in all the wrong combinations. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "It’s the summer of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in SF Bay Area," 4 June 2019 While his furniture tends to be quietly elegant, his fabric patterns skew riotous. Stephen Whitlock, WSJ, "A Savvy Traveler’s Guide to Shopping in Stockholm," 7 May 2019 The princess often mentions social events, which sound just as riotous as those depicted in The Crown. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "New Letters by Princess Margaret Reveal Love for Her "Heavenly Nephew" Prince Charles," 13 Mar. 2019 From the opening remarks to the riotous auction, the benefit never strayed from its purpose. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Daniel Bouloud Hosts a Decadent Dinner in Support of Citymeals on Wheels," 12 Mar. 2019 Instead of a nightclub, Gurung opted for an invite-only dinner at the East Village Indian gastrobar Baar Baar, where a riotous night with a South Asian flair ensued. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Breaks Naan With Fashion’s Finest at His Post-Show Dinner," 11 Feb. 2019 For three frenzied days and nights, some of the best improvisers known to mankind descend upon the city and turn it into a riotous cesspool of comedic talent. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "6 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of riotous

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

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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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