riot

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noun

ri·​ot ˈrī-ət How to pronounce riot (audio)
1
a
: 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

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verb

rioted; rioting; riots

intransitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
About 1,000 people have pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial in connection with the riot, a third of them for felonies and two-thirds for misdemeanors such as trespassing in the restricted Capitol building or on its grounds. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 16 July 2024 The rise of far right sentiment, fueled largely by misinformation spread on online platforms, became a paramount issue for the Irish government in November last year when Dublin city center broke out into riots over the same issue. Olivia Fletcher / Bloomberg, TIME, 16 July 2024
Verb
Of roughly 140 obstruction defendants who have been sentenced, 80 were convicted of additional felonies such as assaulting police, rioting or destroying property. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 Fifty-five years ago, a group of LGBTQ New Yorkers rioted, protested, and got arrested when taking a stand against a routine police raid of a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Muri Assunção, New York Daily News, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for riot 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Riot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riot. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

riot

1 of 2 noun
ri·​ot ˈrī-ət How to pronounce riot (audio)
1
: public violence, disturbance, or disorder
2
: a varied display of color
3
: something or someone very funny

riot

2 of 2 verb
: to create or take part in a riot
rioter noun

Legal Definition

riot

1 of 2 noun
ri·​ot
: 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

riot

2 of 2 intransitive verb
: to create or engage in a riot
rioter noun

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