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 With several producers in the team, Stray Kids have released a multitude of albums since then that feature songs that are both riotous and introspective, energetic and motivational. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Stray Kids Aim to Reach A Global Audience with Relatable Take on K-pop: 'Stray is Okay'," 14 Feb. 2020 Fans of the riotous, sharp and often heartfelt series will remember otherwise. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "How the underrated, but never unfunny, 'Fresh Off the Boat' said goodbye in its series finale," 22 Feb. 2020 Having to distinguish them from one another pushes each to riotous extremes. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Camp and Compassion in ‘The Confession of Lily Dare’," 29 Jan. 2020 In addition to his riotous designs, he is known for his uncharacteristic casting, often employing street casting and showcasing diverse models long before inclusion was an industry buzzword. Sara Radin,, "Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Final Couture Show Featured A Very Canadian Cameo," 23 Jan. 2020 The busy white-strand is great for people-watching and, as the joke goes, boss-watching, as employers are known to scour the beach after a riotous weekend trying to recover their staff. Omar Mouallem, WSJ, "Trinidad: A Caribbean Vacation With an Indian Flavor," 17 Jan. 2020 In June 1780 Gordon marched a riotous crowd of 50,000 to the Houses of Parliament. The Economist, "Does your brain care about other people? It depends," 4 Nov. 2019 The situation was similar in 2018-19, when there were a handful of wet days in November and December before January brought in a riotous array of Pacific storms. Peter Fimrite,, "Up in the Sierra, nearly normal snowpack shows drought predictions wrong," 2 Jan. 2020 And the writer claims the riotous League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest series, which concluded in July, marks the end of his comics career. Darren Franich,, "2019 was the year that everything ended in pop culture," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of riotous

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

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16 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Riotous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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