riot

noun
ri·​ot | \ ˈrī-ət How to pronounce riot (audio) \

Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a violent public disorder specifically : a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent
b : public violence, tumult, or disorder
2 : a random or disorderly profusion the woods were a riot of color
3 : one that is wildly amusing the new comedy is a riot
4 archaic
a : profligate behavior : debauchery
b : unrestrained revelry
c : noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers

riot

verb
rioted; rioting; riots

Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to create or engage in a riot
2 : to indulge in revelry or wantonness

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Other Words from riot

Verb

rioter noun

Synonyms for riot

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of riot in a Sentence

Noun The news about the election caused a riot in the city. A lot of property was damaged in the recent riots. The woods are a riot of color in the autumn. The movie was an absolute riot. Verb Students rioted after their team lost the football game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Face-down in a prison yard, with bullets zipping over his head and a riot broiling all around him, Don Dickerson committed to start living a clean life that would make a positive impact on the community. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Even as gyms partially reopen, fitness companies face an uphill climb," 12 Sep. 2020 Gibson disputes the single charge of felony riot, his lawyers said. oregonlive, "Patriot Prayer leader sues Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt in federal court," 12 Sep. 2020 He was charged with felony riot, felony unlawful possession of a destructive device, reckless burning and one count of recklessly endangering, officials said. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Federal, local officials announce latest charges against Portland protesters," 9 Sep. 2020 The footage shows the 12-year-old girl walking in a shopping area in Hong Kong near a site where riot police officers were trying to stop demonstrators from gathering on Sunday. New York Times, "Outcry in Hong Kong After Police Tackle 12-Year-Old Girl," 8 Sep. 2020 Dozens were arrested Friday and Saturday nights and a riot was declared Saturday night. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "2 pro-Trump cruise rallies held in Portland on city's 102nd day of protests," 7 Sep. 2020 Trump has deployed federal riot forces to Kansas City, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and other cities. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Rubber bullets? Tear gas? In Texas, most Republicans OK putting down protests by force; most Dems don’t support the tacticsThis article has comments enabled.," 7 Sep. 2020 Indeed, many at the scenes of unrest do witness people who leave the protest and agitators who then join the developing riot. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Dangers for Democrats," 31 Aug. 2020 Video from the protesters’ side shows shoving and pushing between officers in riot helmets and protesters as the officers try to gain control of the situation. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego police: officer on medical leave after suffering concussion during protest," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Furious strikers began to riot and, on July 7, national guardsmen fired into a mob and killed as many as 30 people. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Labor Day's surprisingly radical origins," 4 Sep. 2020 But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'What a fraud': Tucker Carlson slams Fauci after heated exchange with Jim Jordan," 1 Aug. 2020 But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'What a fraud': Tucker Carlson slams Fauci after heated exchange with Jim Jordan," 1 Aug. 2020 But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'What a fraud': Tucker Carlson slams Fauci after heated exchange with Jim Jordan," 1 Aug. 2020 But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'What a fraud': Tucker Carlson slams Fauci after heated exchange with Jim Jordan," 1 Aug. 2020 But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Jim Jordan grills Anthony Fauci on whether protests spread coronavirus, rails about restrictions on church services," 31 July 2020 But Democrats encourage people to riot and protest in the streets. Staff Reports, oregonlive, "Dr. Anthony Fauci calls hydroxychloroquine study ‘flawed’; Jim Jordan grills him on protests and coronavirus," 31 July 2020 Chicago 7 is based on a real-life incident in which the federal government charged seven defendants with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other offenses tied to protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 heads to Netflix," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of riot

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for riot

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French riote rash action, noise, disorder

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The first known use of riot was in the 13th century

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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riot. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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riot

noun
How to pronounce riot (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way
: a place that is filled with something
informal : someone or something that is very funny

riot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

of a group of people : to behave in a violent and uncontrolled way

riot

noun
ri·​ot | \ ˈrī-ət How to pronounce riot (audio) \

Kids Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : violent and uncontrolled public behavior by a group of people The news sparked a riot in the city.
2 : a colorful display a riot of wildflowers
3 : someone or something that is very funny The movie was a riot.

riot

verb
rioted; rioting

Kids Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take part in violent and uncontrolled public behavior

riot

noun
ri·​ot

Legal Definition of riot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a disturbance of the peace created by an assemblage of usually three or more people acting with a common purpose and in a violent and tumultuous manner to the terror of the public also : the crime of rioting

Legal Definition of riot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to create or engage in a riot

Other Words from riot

rioter noun

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