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race riot

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noun
  1. a riot resulting from animosity or tensions between racial or ethnic groups.

Origin of race riot

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for race-riot

race riot

noun
  1. a riot among members of different races in the same community
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Word Origin and History for race-riot

n.

1889, American English, from race (n.2) + riot (n.).

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