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Definitions of riot

  1. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2. a joke that seems extremely funny
  3. engage in boisterous, drunken merry- making; " They were out carousing last night"
  4. a public act of violence by an unruly mob
  5. take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot; " Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"
  6. a state of disorder involving group violence
  7. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
  8. Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.
  9. The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
  10. To engage in riot; to act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, or the like; to revel; to run riot; to go to excess.
  11. To disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or sedition. See Riot, n., 3.
  12. To spend or pass in riot.
  13. A form of violent crowd behavior which expresses the emotional release of resentments and prejudices, usually relevant to grievances toward the social system.
  14. Disorderly behavior; disturbance of the peace by a number of persons; revelry.
  15. To raise an uproar; engage in a public disturbance.
  16. Rioter.
  17. Uproar: tumult: a disturbance of the peace: excessive feasting: luxury.
  18. To brawl: to raise an uproar: to run to excess in feasting, behavior, etc.: to be highly excited.
  19. To raise an uproar; revel.
  20. Uproar; tumult; revolt; revelry.
  21. To engage in a riot; act riotously.
  22. A disturbance on the part of a crowd or mob; turbulent conduct of a large number; tumult.
  23. Revelry; wild, free growth; a medley.
  24. Uproar; tumult; tumultuous disturbance of the peace; noisy festivity.
  25. To revel; to run to excess in sensual indulgence; to luxuriate; to raise an uproar. To run riot, to act or move without restraint.
  26. A disturbance of the peace by a few or many persons; wild and noisy festivity; excessive and expensive feasting.
  27. To raise an uproar or disturbance of the peace; to feast with loose and noisy mirth; to run to excess in feasting or other sensual indulgence.
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Usage examples for riot

  1. He was now taken down with yellow fever, and owing to a riot in the town he was entirely neglected, and was obliged to creep off his bed on to the floor in order to escape the bullets which were flying about. – Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday by Henry C. Lahee
  2. We are indeed in danger of being charged with riot because of what we have done to- day, for there is no good reason that we can give for this gathering. – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent
  3. Can't you let a fellow catch forty winks without sending out the riot squad? – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  4. Meantime all sorts of plans for usefulness ran riot in her brain. – Ester Ried by Pansy (aka. Isabella M. Alden)
  5. It will cost us thousands to crush this ridiculous riot – The Napoleon of Notting Hill by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  6. Oh, as for me, I am off to the Club to hear further details of the riot and afterward to a supper with Madame de Flahaut. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  7. Perfume and bloom run riot everywhere. – The Pearl of India by Maturin M. Ballou
  8. By the time that the commercial traveller had calmly finished a hearty meal there was nearly a riot and then he emerged from the coffee- room, and suggested that the waiter had better look in the teapot. – The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent by S.M. Hussey
  9. It's disgraceful, it's a regular riot and not one of those three wretched policemen to be seen. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  10. Although I know for some few days to come He will not feel it; so exceedingly He long'd to have his son: but when he sees Such monstrous household riot and expense Continue daily, without end or measure, He'll wish his son away from him again. – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  11. So in their rapid fury mountain torrents That hurl them off their moss- grown altars steep, Seeking the flood with tossing, foaming riot Here in the vale are bound in the old currents, To stream in future calm and clear and deep! – Russian Lyrics by Translated by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi
  12. From the Assembly, at a later hour in the evening, he claimed the credit of having organized the riot – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  13. But the House always ran riot taking everything for granted, and cracked their universal sides before he opened his mouth. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  14. Don't be frightened, Aunt Faith; it's Ruin, Riot and Revenge. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  15. " A riot which could arise from business motives," Lancedale added. – Null-ABC by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  16. Suppose this scene of riot is prevented, and nothing but good is the result. – Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy A Tragedy by Frederich Schiller
  17. His mind was running riot – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  18. What uproar or riot or criminal demonstration might not burst suddenly into this tranquillity? – The Soul of the War by Philip Gibbs
  19. When we arrived the streets were packed from side to side for a considerable distance and a riot was in progress. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
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