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race riot

a riot resulting from animosity or tensions between racial or ethnic groups.
Origin of race riot
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I do not believe that the race relation in Chicago is the better for the race riot.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • And yet last April this quiet old town was shaken by a race riot.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • The report covers in some detail an informing account of the race riot itself and of other outbreaks in the State of Illinois.

  • It was therefore considered very extraordinary that a race riot should break out in the city.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • It was the first race riot that had ever taken place in Knoxville, and all reputable people were sorry for it.

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  • Mr. D—— watched the race riot from his office window, and was much alarmed at the time.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
British Dictionary definitions for race riot

race riot

a riot among members of different races in the same community
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