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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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 Second, witnessing the part-cabaret, part-comedy show of the riotous drag performer Mrs. Smith. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "This Was the Best Music From 2018, According to Vogue Editors," 28 Dec. 2018 These heroes, their movies, and their backstories are all thrown higgledy-piggledy into a story that somehow finds coherence, mainly thanks to the film’s firm commitment to its own riotous subversion of the superhero game. Genevieve Koski, Vox, "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is a candy-colored cure for superhero-movie fatigue," 26 July 2018 Demand is as riotous as a Black Friday toy sale at Walmart, and a towering tsunami of pink mediocrity has flooded the market to meet it. Patrick Comiskey,, "What's wrong with rosé wines, and why you should never pay more than $25 for a bottle," 19 Apr. 2018 At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, director Matt Pfeiffer uses the striking scenic and lighting design of Steve TenEyck to create a show that mixes riotous laughter with a sense of the tragic. Hugh Hunter,, "Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 'Twelfth Night': A hilarious tragedy on human frailty," 24 June 2018 The Texan’s earthy folk, blues and gospel songs are at home amid the riotous laughter of children and the content murmur of picnickers. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 21-27: Macklemore & Kesha; Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam," 19 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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